ETYM Greek agora.
1. A place of assembly for the people in ancient Greece; SYN. forum, public square.
2. The marketplace in ancient Greece.
In an ancient Greek town, the public meeting place and market, equivalent to the Roman forum. The limits were marked with boundary stones, and trade there was regulated. The Agora at Athens contained an altar to the twelve Olympian gods, sanctuaries of Zeus, Apollo, and Hephaestus, the mint, administrative offices of state, fountain houses, shops, and covered arcades (stoas).
The ceremonial Panathenaic Way, on which sacred processions and festival races were held, ran south through the agora to the acropolis.
ETYM French assemblée, from assembler. Related to Assemble.
1. A group of machine parts that fit together to form a self-contained unit.
2. A group of persons gathered together for a common purpose.
3. The social act of assembling; SYN. assemblage, gathering.
ETYM French collčge, Latin collegium, from collega colleague. Related to Colleague.
1. An institution of higher education created to educate and grant degrees; often a part of a university.
2. The body of faculty and students of a college.
3. A complex of buildings in which a college is housed.
4. British slang for prison.
Any of several public assemblies of the people in ancient Rome for legislative, judicial, and electoral purposes
Sinonimi: group discussion
ETYM French conférence. Related to Confer.
1. A discussion among participants who have an agreed (serious) topic; SYN. group discussion.
2. A prearranged meeting for consultation or or exchange of information or discussion (especially one with a formal agenda).
ETYM Latin congressus, from congredi, p. p. -gressus, to go or come together; con- + grati to go or step, gradus step: cf. French congrčs. Related to Grade.
National legislature of the US, consisting of the House of Representatives (435 members, apportioned to the states of the Union on the basis of population, and elected for two-year terms) and the Senate (100 senators, two for each state, elected for six years, one-third elected every two years). Both representatives and senators are elected by direct popular vote. Congress meets in Washington, DC, in the Capitol Building. An act of Congress is a bill passed by both houses.
The Congress of the United States met for the first time on 4 March 1789. It was preceded by the Congress of the Confederation representing the several states under the Articles of Confederation from 1781 to 1789.
1. A meeting of elected or appointed representatives.
2. A national legislative assembly.
ETYM Latin conventus a meeting, Late Lat. also, a convent. Related to Convene.
1. A community of people in a religious order (especially nuns) living together.
2. A religious residence especially for nuns.
ETYM French concile, from Latin concilium; con- + calare to call.
1. A body serving in an administrative capacity.
2. A meeting of people for consultation.
ETYM Spanish, from Latin junctus joined, p. p. of jungere to join. Related to Join, Junto.
A council; a convention; a tribunal; an assembly; esp., the grand council of state in Spain.
The military rulers of a country, especially after an army takeover, as in Turkey 1980. Other examples include Argentina, under Juan Perón and his successors; Chile, under Augusto Pinochet; Paraguay, under Alfredo Stroessner; Peru, under Manuel Odría; and Uruguay, under Juan Bordaberry. Juntas rarely remain collective bodies, eventually becoming dominated by one member.
(Spanish) council; any administrative body; clique.
ETYM Old Eng. parlement, French parlement, from parler to speak; cf. Late Lat. parlamentum, parliamentum. Related to Parley.
A legislative assembly in certain countries (e.g., Great Britain).
Legislative body of a country. The world's oldest parliament is the Icelandic Althing, which dates from about 930. The uk Parliament is usually dated from 1265. The legislature of the us is called Congress and comprises the House of Representatives and the Senate.
In the uk, Parliament is the supreme legislature, comprising the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The origins of Parliament are in the 13th century, but its powers were not established until the late 17th century. The powers of the Lords were curtailed 1911, and the duration of parliaments was fixed at five years, but any parliament may extend its own life, as happened during both world wars. The uk Parliament meets in the Palace of Westminster, London.