noun sen·ate \ˈse-nət\

the Senate : the smaller group of the two groups of people who meet to discuss and make the laws of a country, state, etc.; especially : the smaller group of the two groups that form the U.S. Congress

: a group of people who govern some colleges and universities

the Senate : the group of officials who led the ancient Roman government

Full Definition of SENATE

:  an assembly or council usually possessing high deliberative and legislative functions: as
a :  the supreme council of the ancient Roman republic and empire
b :  the second chamber in the bicameral legislature of a major political unit (as a nation, state, or province)
:  the hall or chamber in which a senate meets
:  a governing body of some universities charged with maintaining academic standards and regulations and usually composed of the principal or representative members of the faculty

Examples of SENATE

  1. the New York State Senate
  2. The Senate approved the bill.
  3. The Senate voted to repeal the tax cut.

Origin of SENATE

Middle English senat, from Anglo-French, from Latin senatus, from sen-, senex old, old man — more at senior
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with SENATE


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