（志趣相投、尤指来自同一地方的）一组与会者，代表团a group of people at a meeting or an event who have sth in common, especially the place they come from, that is not shared by other people at the event
The largest contingent was from the United States.
A strong contingent of local residents were there to block the proposal.
（军队的）分遣队，小分队a group of soldiers that are part of a larger force
the French contingent in the UN peacekeeping force