congé[kän′z̸hā′, -jā′; Fr kōn z̸hā′]
- a curt dismissal
- permission to leave
- a formal farewell
- a bow, esp. at leave-taking
- Archit. a concave molding
Origin: Fr, leave, departure < OFr congie < L commeatus, a going to and fro < commeare, to come and go < com-, intens. + meare, to go: see permeate
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