What does senate mean?

Definitions for senate
ˈsɛn ɪtsen·ate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. senatenoun

    assembly possessing high legislative powers

  2. United States Senate, U.S. Senate, US Senate, Senatenoun

    the upper house of the United States Congress


  1. senatenoun

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

  2. senatenoun

    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. Senatenoun

    A legislative body in many countries.

  4. Senatenoun

    The council that governed the ancient Roman Republic.

  5. Senatenoun

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

  6. Senatenoun

    The United States Senate, "the Senate".

  7. Senatenoun

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SENATEnoun

    An assembly of counsellors; a body of men set apart to consult for the publick good.

    Etymology: senatus, Latin; senat, French.

    We debase
    The nature of our seats, which will in time break ope
    The locks o’ th’ senate, and bring in the crows
    To peck the eagles. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    There they shall found
    Their government, and their great senate chuse. John Milton.

    He had not us’d excursions, spears, or darts,
    But counsel, order, and such aged arts;
    Which, if our ancestors had not retain’d,
    The senate’s name our council had not gain’d. John Denham.

    Gallus was welcom’d to the sacred strand,
    The senate rising to salute their guest. Dryden.


  1. Senate

    A senate is a deliberative assembly, often the upper house or chamber of a bicameral legislature. The name comes from the ancient Roman Senate (Latin: Senatus), so-called as an assembly of the senior (Latin: senex meaning "the elder" or "old man") and therefore considered wiser and more experienced members of the society or ruling class. However the Roman Senate was not the ancestor or predecessor of modern parliamentarism in any sense, because the Roman senate was not a legislative body.Many countries 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. Most senates have asymmetrical duties and powers compared with their respective lower house meaning they have special duties, for example to fill important political positions or to pass special laws. Conversely many senates have limited powers in changing or stopping bills under consideration and efforts to stall or veto a bill may be bypassed by the lower house or another branch of government.


  1. senate

    The Senate is one of the chambers of a bicameral legislature, often the upper house, which plays a unique role in policy-making and governance. The specific roles and functions, electoral processes, and powers of the Senate can significantly vary based on the country's political system. Generally, members of the Senate are responsible for representing the interests of their respective constituities, debating and voting on legislation, and sometimes confirming appointments made by the executive branch.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Senatenoun

    an assembly or council having the highest deliberative and legislative functions

  2. Senatenoun

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

  3. Senatenoun

    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. Senatenoun

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

  5. Senatenoun

    the governing body of the Universities of Cambridge and London

  6. Senatenoun

    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

  7. Etymology: [OE. senat, F. snat, fr. L. senatus, fr. senex, gen. senis, old, an old man. See Senior, Sir.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Senate

    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. senatussenex, senis, an old man.]

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. senate

    A type of socialist unity government and unity legislature that creates legislation. Members are elected to this type of socialist unity government through just, fair and transparent democratic citizen vote from the electorate using a proportional representation voting system. It is a form of socialist unity government created and formed by representation from every elected socialist political party elected to government and a proportionate number of elected socialist independent politicians elected to this form of unity government within a country united to form a unity government and each represented in the unity government cabinet to work together for the optimum health, democracy, human rights, right to life, civil rights, ethical, fair, just and moral shared prosperity of all people in the country with the responsibility to work in unity with all elected socialist political party politicians and elected socialist independent politicians in the unity government and collaborate with all facets and structures of local unity government, regional unity government, national unity government, european unity government or international unity government to ensure the electorate and people are empowered and their collective choices and voices are heard, understood, reflected and represented and equality and inclusion is empowered to all facets of each community, society, region, europe and country. All members are focused positively on cocreating in order of the priority of optimum health, democracy, human rights, right to life, civil rights, ethical, fair, just and moral shared prosperity for all, stability, unity government, solidarity, cohesion, animal rights, right to housing, right to free education, right to parent, right to free preschool education, right to a standard of living, right to internet access, economic stability, financial stability, equal rights, equal opportunities, employment rights, childrens rights, sustainable development, sustainable development goals, united partnership, multi-party working, community empowerment systems, equal distribution of income, wealth, fairness and justness across society, the country, europe and the world and contribute to the cocreation of global and national peace agreements, peace treaties, the universes truth and a fair, just and transparent system of checks and balances.

    The senate use their authority to scrutinize the bills at a pre-legislative stage within a unity government.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 16, 2020  

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Senate

    The Upper House of the United States Congress. The term properly implies an elder, from the Latin senis, an old man.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

Anagrams for senate »

  1. sateen

  2. ensate

  3. santee

  4. enseat

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of senate in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of senate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of senate in a Sentence

  1. Robert Joseph Bob Dole:

    As long as there are only 3 to 4 people on the floor, the country is in good hands. It's only when you have 50 to 60 in the Senate that you want to be concerned.

  2. Theodore Roosevelt:

    When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not guilty.'

  3. Melissa Isaak:

    This was filed because the people of Alabama deserve to know the truth, the accusations made against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore during the United States Senate campaign arose from a political conspiracy to destroy Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore personal reputation and defeat Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore in the special United States Senate election for United States Senate.

  4. Mike Lee:

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., supports the legislation and had hoped to pass it last Thursday, but Mitch McConnell was forced to delay consideration past the expiration date after Mike Lee, R-Utah, and two other senators Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Ron Wyden said they would object. The House legislation, negotiated by White House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, would renew several provisions the FBI sees as vital to fighting terrorism but also aim to ensure stricter oversight of how the bureau conducts surveillance. PAUL : MY FISA AMENDMENT WILL KEEP Mike Lee had proposed a deal on the Senate floor Thursday extension of the current authorities if the Senate would consider several amendments to the White House bill that would further limit them. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, speaking on the floor for Mitch McConnell, objected to that deal, saying the Senate should instead pass the House bill. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has pushed for FISA reforms. ( AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Were not a rubberstamp for the House of Representatives, were certainly not a rubber stamp for the Deep State.

  5. Robert Joseph Bob Dole:

    If you're hanging around with nothing to do and the zoo is closed, come over to the Senate. You'll get the same kind of feeling and you won't have to pay.

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