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A congress is a formal meeting of the representatives of different nations, constituent states, independent organizations (such as trade unions), or groups.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

The term was chosen for the Continental Congress to emphasize the status of each colony represented there as a self-governing unit. Subsequent to the use of congress by the U.S. legislature, the term has been adopted by many states within unions, and by unitary nation-states in the Americas, to refer to their legislatures.
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