Bundesrat

noun

Bun·​des·​rat
ˈbu̇ndəsˌrät,
G -räät
plural -s
: a federal council especially having legislative or executive functions: such as
a
: the upper house of the German and Austrian parliaments composed of members selected by the state governments
b
: the chief executive authority of Switzerland consisting of members elected by the Federal Assembly

Word History

Etymology

German, from bundes (genitive of bund federation) + rat council, advice, from Old High German rāt advice; akin to rātan to advise

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“Bundesrat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Bundesrat. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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