Definition of session in English:

session

noun

  • 1A meeting of a deliberative or judicial body to conduct its business.

    • ‘Purvanov and Ciampi will attend the closing session of a Bulgarian-Italian business forum.’
    • ‘Final determination shall be made by delegates at the business session of the annual NACTA conference.’
    • ‘The members were very impressed with all the programs and the professional manner in which the sessions were conducted.’
    • ‘Yes, there are a lot of speeches and meetings at the U.N., especially during the annual sessions of the General Assembly.’
    • ‘Two sessions were conducted at a meeting of general internists.’
    • ‘Akbar said the House's endorsement of the 45 candidates was a three-stage process, including a plenary session of the legislative body.’
    • ‘Sources said there was a proposal to conduct a plenary session of the AICC in May or June next year and complete organisational elections in all the states before that deadline.’
    • ‘Additional information will be provided during the special sessions to be conducted at this Annual Meeting and in the fall.’
    • ‘Conducting the session was the president himself.’
    • ‘A garden party for the members was held in the afternoon, followed by the first session of business.’
    • ‘Before we begin, I want to say a word about how we intend to conduct the session.’
    • ‘It was a small, intimate gathering and some delegates chose to skip the sessions to make business deals.’
    • ‘The officials were conducting a special session of Parliament to discuss crime fighting measures at the time of the protest.’
    • ‘In a plenary session of the National Assembly, 209 out of 266 who cast ballots voted to override the veto, while 54 voted against it.’
    • ‘Council passed a motion that further questions on the sessions not be discussed again at council meetings.’
    • ‘Members can address questions or issues during open forum sessions held during every meeting of Provincial Council.’
    • ‘The new rules seek tougher penalties for legislators who absent themselves from a hearing, a session or a deliberation on a bill.’
    • ‘At the annual session of the General Assembly in September 2002, he began an effort to win its support for the war and never succeeded.’
    • ‘President Danny Terry conducted this session of the business meeting.’
    • ‘After voting, they returned to their plenary sessions to discuss party business.’
    meeting, sitting, assembly, conclave, plenary
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    1. 1.1 A period during which meetings conducted by judicial bodies are regularly held.
      ‘legislation to curb wildcat strikes will be introduced during the coming parliamentary session’
      • ‘Filled with enthusiasm, the parliamentary chairman used to explain in the first days of the parliamentary sessions that he does not want security guards and a Mercedes.’
      • ‘This would clear the way for it to go to the Lords before the end of the parliamentary session in the autumn.’
      • ‘With limited time left until the end of the parliamentary session in November, the bill may be squeezed out by higher priorities.’
      • ‘And whatever the gallery does in between parliamentary sessions it is clearly not the study of official reports and policy.’
      • ‘Council officers fear that if it is not cleared before the end of the Parliamentary session in November, it is likely to be lost.’
      • ‘But it is clear that Tony Abbott has opened the door on this issue in his bid to get the Democrats across the line by the end of the Parliamentary session on the fourth of December.’
      • ‘On the political side of gay issues, a motion passed last week in the House of Commons to extend the parliamentary session for a few more days to pass additional legislation.’
      • ‘The law was to have been passed during the parliamentary session which ended last Monday.’
      • ‘The announcement from Lord Goldsmith came in a written statement slipped to the House of Lords on the last day of the parliamentary session.’
      • ‘Peers will be given two days to debate the measure, which has to be passed before the parliamentary session finishes next month.’
      • ‘Should we not put an end to the legislative ping-pong at the end of the parliamentary session by curbing the powers of the Lords and improving scrutiny in the Commons?’
    2. 1.2 The period during which a school has classes.
      • ‘The teaching session lasted approximately two hours and involved two gynaecology teaching associates teaching four students.’
      • ‘You may need additional childcare as most preschools operate three-hour sessions, with normal school holidays of around 13 weeks a year.’
      • ‘I simply wanted the teaching session to finish earlier.’
      • ‘Thankfully, none of our senior house officers and registrars seemed to notice it during the teaching session that afternoon.’
      academic year, school year
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  • 2A period devoted to a particular activity.

    ‘gym is followed by a training session’
    • ‘I went along to a training session community activists had organised to help migrants who must live in the skyscrapers' shadows.’
    • ‘If you don't have that much time, two 10-minute aerobic activity sessions will benefit you almost as much.’
    • ‘The viewing session was a stand-alone activity and did not include any post-viewing discussion or writing.’
    • ‘It will include a variety of activities and information sessions.’
    • ‘The workout session is conducted outside Chaos Clothing, Jones's retail clothing business in south Minneapolis.’
    • ‘She undertook many activities and therapy sessions with children but none ever made any allegation of abuse to her.’
    • ‘He was in the city on Wednesday, to conduct a reading session and to launch the paperback edition of his debut book.’
    • ‘Today we extend a warm welcome to Bridget O'Gorman who will conduct a reflexology session with the group.’
    • ‘The Filipino Youth Alliance will be conducting outreach sessions in local schools in British Columbia.’
    • ‘Mr McGrath said a storytelling session would be conducted by Geraldton Regional Library staff to entertain children.’
    • ‘The remaining laboratory sessions were dedicated to activities such as forage analysis and pasture allocation.’
    • ‘Each of the men is involved in at least two physical activity sessions per week.’
    • ‘Rehearsals and training in question-and-answer sessions are being conducted at different locations around the Naval Base.’
    • ‘Printmaking has come to the Mid West with Perth printmaking instructor Vicki O'Shea conducting several sessions this week.’
    • ‘Counselling sessions will be conducted at the Centre every Tuesday evening.’
    • ‘We've asked the gym if they will run more children's activity sessions.’
    • ‘All are welcome to attend either training session given by a fully qualified instructor.’
    • ‘In a laughter club, many members are encouraged to conduct the sessions.’
    • ‘Prayer sessions, conducted on Thursday evenings, moved to full Sunday service and later an extensive ministry.’
    • ‘The company developed the play over a three-month period through intense workshop sessions.’
    period, time, spell, stretch, bout
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    1. 2.1 A period of recording music in a studio, especially by a session musician.
      ‘he did the sessions for a Great Country Hits album’
      • ‘Gone are the days when huge dance floor fillers are created in four-hour drug-fuelled studio sessions.’
      • ‘If I could have been at a recording session, it would have been with Miles Davis.’
      • ‘After three years and an excruciating studio session, Our Lady Peace are back.’
      • ‘I had been doing record sessions in Nashville with the old A-Team guys, like Grady Martin and Floyd Kramer.’
      • ‘Some were just out-takes from studio sessions that I just thought were funny and/or apt.’
    2. 2.2informal A period of heavy or sustained drinking.
      • ‘Meanwhile the usual Friday night session continues in Perry's village tavern each Friday night.’
      • ‘It was a heavy drinking session that led to unprotected sex.’
      • ‘Apparently she joined the festivities at the Pattaya Bike weekend and engaged in a heavy drinking session.’
      • ‘We've organised a heavy drinking session for the weekend already.’
      • ‘The court heard that Wood's flat was a regular venue for heavy drinking sessions, and that Mr Robinson and Ms Bulmer were living there temporarily.’
      • ‘Mr White believes this triggered a downward spiral fuelled by heavy drinking sessions.’
      • ‘Gardner may have sunk a few pints in an afternoon drinking session with his brother, but the freelance chef and occasional actor isn't a serial killer plotting the disposal of his latest victim.’
      • ‘And it's a lot healthier than saving your quota up for binge sessions at the end of the week.’
      • ‘A party or drinking session was held in the area because it was littered with lager cans, empty bottles and even the remains of a bag of coal.’
      • ‘A heavy drinking session ended with one of a group of young friends collapsing in a spa bath after mixing drugs and alcohol, an inquest was told.’
      • ‘The court was told Lewis-Kite did not cooperate with the police or council and was herself involved in heavy drinking sessions.’
      • ‘This is a nocturnal distraction to accompany the bored army's vodka sessions.’
      • ‘To make matters worse we drifted into a heavy drinking session.’
      • ‘He then defined binge drinking as consuming four pints in one session.’
      • ‘Both had done all the right things, the family said - they stayed together, avoided heavy drinking sessions, and kept their distance from local youths.’
      • ‘Lowe attacked his father at the family home in Walkden, following a heavy drinking session in October 2003.’
      • ‘In early September, after a binge drinking session, he collapsed in the street and was rushed by ambulance to York Hospital where he was treated and discharged.’
      • ‘But, the inquest heard, after a long drinking session, which went on and off from 4pm to 2am, Mr Clarke decided to drive back to York.’
      • ‘After a heavy drinking session, a man went to his girlfriend's house and found he had been locked out.’
      • ‘One morning sore-headed from a Sunday drinking session, he was making up the children's packed lunches and saw pure fear in the eyes of his nine-year-old son.’
      drinking bout, binge
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  • 3The governing body of a Presbyterian Church.

Phrases

  • in session

    • Assembled for or proceeding with business.

      • ‘Now Congress is back in session, but is it any closer to taking action?’
      • ‘Staff in the parliament work to impossible deadlines, can't take holidays when the parliament is in session and work excessive hours.’
      • ‘A lawyer told me the courts were in session but all cases were being routinely continued.’
      • ‘Opponents claimed it was unconstitutional since it was issued when parliament was not in session.’
      • ‘Now when I got over to the Capitol five minutes later, the House, which had been in session, went into recess.’
      • ‘No court was in session on that day because no judge or justice of the peace was in court.’
      • ‘This was made up of magnates who enjoyed freedom of speech while the assembly was in session.’
      • ‘Judge Alex is rounding up the usual suspects and court is now in session.’
      • ‘Today, the youth court is in session, as it is once a week.’
      • ‘As it turned out, the court had not been in session until 12 pm.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin sessio(n-), from sess- ‘seated’ (see sessile).

Pronunciation

session

/ˈseSHən//ˈsɛʃən/