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[kong-gris-muh n] /ˈkɒŋ grɪs mən/

noun, plural congressmen. (often initial capital letter)
a member of a , especially of the U.S. House of Representatives.
noun (pl) -men
(in the US) a male member of Congress, esp of the House of Representatives

1780, in reference to members of U.S. Congress, and it first appears in a piece of abuse (written by a Loyalist):

Ye coxcomb Congressmen, declaimers keen,
Brisk puppets of the Philadelphia scene …

Congresswoman attested from 1918 (Jeannette Rankin (1880-1973) was the first).


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