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The 58th Ohio, (German,) also contained a Cleveland contingent.

The contingent numbered sixteen Europeans, and about 350 natives.

Was crowned in Westminster Abbey, but without the American contingent.

He paid a contingent fee and was listed as one of the competitors.

In recent years preceding, the annual contingent had been about 430,000.

Applause, and a round of "wunderschoning" and pracht volleying from the German contingent.

I couldn't get near the Italian contingent, but they chattered loudly.

It was he, who, during the illness of the then Premier, despatched the contingent to the Soudan.

I do not suppose that there is anywhere at this time such a contingent to be found in London.

But these sacrifices are distant, contingent, and inconsiderable.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., from Old French contingent or directly from Latin contingentem (nominative contingens) "happening, touching," present participle of contingere "to touch" (see contact). The noun is from 1540s, "thing happening by chance;" as "a group forming part of a larger group" from 1727.

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