Definitions for senateˈsɛn ɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sen•ateˈsɛn ɪt(n.)

  1. an assembly or council having the highest deliberative functions in a government, esp. a legislative assembly.

    Category: Government

  2. (cap.) the upper house of the U.S. Congress or of a state legislature.

    Category: Government

  3. (cap.) the upper house of the legislature of other countries, as France and Canada.

    Category: Government

  4. the room or building in which such a group meets.

    Category: Government

  5. the supreme council of state of ancient Rome, the membership and functions of which varied at different periods.

    Category: Ancient History

  6. a governing, advisory, or disciplinary body, as at some universities.

Origin of senate:

1175–1225; ME senat < L senātus=sen(ex) old, old man +-ātus -ate3

Princeton's WordNet

  1. senate(noun)

    assembly possessing high legislative powers

  2. United States Senate, U.S. Senate, US Senate, Senate(noun)

    the upper house of the United States Congress

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. Senate(noun)ˈsɛn ɪt

    one of the two organizations in the U.S. government or a U.S. state that makes laws

    the U.S. Senate; the Texas State Senate

Wiktionary

  1. senate(Noun)

    In some bicameral legislative systems, the upper house or chamber.

  2. senate(Noun)

    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.

  3. Senate(ProperNoun)

    A legislative body in many countries.

  4. Senate(ProperNoun)

    The council that governed the ancient Roman Republic.

  5. Senate(ProperNoun)

    The Senate of Canada; the upper house of the Canadian parliament; "the Senate".

  6. Senate(ProperNoun)

    The United States Senate, "the Senate".

  7. Senate(ProperNoun)

    The upper legislative body of many of the states of the United States.

  8. Origin: From senat, from senat, from senatus, from senex.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Senate(noun)

    an assembly or council having the highest deliberative and legislative functions

  2. Senate(noun)

    a body of elders appointed or elected from among the nobles of the nation, and having supreme legislative authority

  3. Senate(noun)

    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

  4. Senate(noun)

    in general, a legislative body; a state council; the legislative department of government

  5. Senate(noun)

    the governing body of the Universities of Cambridge and London

  6. Senate(noun)

    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

Freebase

  1. Senate

    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.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Senate

    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.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'senate' in Nouns Frequency: #2532


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

senate(noun)

a lawmaking body, especially the upper house of the parliament in some countries.

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