assembly possessing high legislative powers
United States Senate, U.S. Senate, US Senate, Senate(noun)
the upper house of the United States Congress
In some bicameral legislative systems, the upper house or chamber.
A group of experienced, respected, wise individuals serving as decision makers or advisors in a political system or in institutional governance, as in a university, and traditionally of advanced age and male.
A legislative body in many countries.
The council that governed the ancient Roman Republic.
The Senate of Canada; the upper house of the Canadian parliament; "the Senate".
The United States Senate, "the Senate".
The upper legislative body of many of the states of the United States.
Origin: From senat, from senat, from senatus, from senex.
an assembly or council having the highest deliberative and legislative functions
a body of elders appointed or elected from among the nobles of the nation, and having supreme legislative authority
the upper and less numerous branch of a legislature in various countries, as in France, in the United States, in most of the separate States of the United States, and in some Swiss cantons
in general, a legislative body; a state council; the legislative department of government
the governing body of the Universities of Cambridge and London
in some American colleges, a council of elected students, presided over by the president of the college, to which are referred cases of discipline and matters of general concern affecting the students
Origin: [OE. senat, F. snat, fr. L. senatus, fr. senex, gen. senis, old, an old man. See Senior, Sir.]
A senate is a deliberative assembly, often the upper house or chamber of a bicameral legislature or parliament. There have been many such bodies in history, since senate means the assembly of the eldest and wiser members of the society and ruling class. The first official senate was the Roman senate of Ancient Rome. Many countries currently have an assembly named a senate, composed of senators who may be elected, appointed, have inherited the title, or gained membership by other methods, depending on the country. Modern senates typically serve to provide a chamber of "sober second thought" to consider legislation passed by a lower house, whose members are usually elected.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
sen′āt, n. a legislative or deliberative body, esp. the upper house of a national legislature, as of France, the United States, &c.: a body of venerable or distinguished persons: the governing body of the University of Cambridge.—ns. Sen′ate-house, a house in which a senate meets; Sen′ator, a member of a senate: in Scotland, the lords of session are called Senators of the College of Justice.—adj. Senatō′rial, pertaining to, or becoming, a senate or a senator.—adv. Senatō′rially, with senatorial dignity.—ns. Sen′atorship; Senā′tus, a governing body in certain universities.—Senātus academicus, the governing body of a Scotch university, consisting of the principal and professors; Senātus consult, a decree of the senate of ancient Rome. [L. senatus—senex, senis, an old man.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a name first bestowed by the Romans on their supreme legislative and administrative assembly; its formation is traditionally ascribed to Romulus; its powers, at their greatest during the Republic, gradually diminished under the Emperors; in modern times is used to designate the "Upper House" in the legislature of various countries, e. g. France and the United States of America; is also the title of the governing body in many universities.
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Rank popularity for the word 'senate' in Nouns Frequency: #2532
The numerical value of senate in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of senate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
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- مجلس الشيوخArabic
- senatCatalan, Valencian
- senaHaitian Creole
- 元老院, 上院Japanese
- senateSouthern Sotho
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