bi·​cam·​er·​al | \ (ˌ)bī-ˈkam-rəl How to pronounce bicameral (audio) , -ˈka-mə- \

Definition of bicameral

government : having, consisting of, or based on two legislative chambers (see chamber entry 1 sense 4a) a bicameral legislature comprised of the House of Representatives and the Senate

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bicameralism \ (ˌ)bī-​ˈkam-​rə-​ˌli-​zəm How to pronounce bicameral (audio) , -​ˈka-​mə-​ \ noun

Examples of bicameral in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hoping his first legislative victory will be a bipartisan one, Biden's chief economic adviser, Brian Deese, courted a bicameral group of lawmakers from both parties on the weekend. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Biden rolls out Trump-like 'Made in America' executive order," 25 Jan. 2021 If neither side budges, the result could be the first bicameral veto override during Mr. Cuomo’s three terms in office. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "Cuomo, New York State Lawmakers Head for Clash Over Tax Increase," 24 Jan. 2021 Under the circumstances, the best thing for the country would be a bicameral, bipartisan resolution of censure that compellingly summarized and condemned the president’s misconduct. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "The Trump Impeachment Is Deeply Flawed, but He Deserves Conviction," 17 Jan. 2021 The meetings came after a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers on Monday introduced two bills on coronavirus relief amounting to $908 billion. Grace Segers, CBS News, "McConnell says "we're getting closer and closer" to deal on COVID relief," 16 Dec. 2020 But after 2014, Republicans have joined Democrats in waiving those caps, and a bipartisan, bicameral deal struck in 2019 ensures their expiration this year. New York Times, "As Some Deficit Hawks Turn Dove, the New Politics of Debt Are on Display," 2 Jan. 2021 The President railed against the combination package last week – even though the final plan was negotiated by the top four bicameral, bipartisan Congressional leaders and his own point man Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. Fox News, "President Trump signs COVID relief, spending bill averting shutdown. So what happens now?," 28 Dec. 2020 The bipartisan, bicameral proposal also does not include another round of direct payments to Americans, as Congress provided in an earlier coronavirus relief bill. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "House set to vote on stopgap spending bill to avoid government shutdown," 7 Dec. 2020 On Tuesday a bipartisan and bicameral group of legislators proposed a $908 billion emergency Covid relief package to get the American people through a difficult winter. William A. Galston, WSJ, "A Christmas Compromise on Covid Relief?," 1 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of bicameral

circa 1832, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bicameral

bi- entry 1 + Late Latin camera chamber — more at chamber

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English Language Learners Definition of bicameral

technical : having two parts


bi·​cam·​er·​al | \ (ˈ)bī-ˈkam-(ə-)rəl How to pronounce bicameral (audio) \

Medical Definition of bicameral

: having two chambers


bi·​cam·​er·​al | \ ˌbī-ˈka-mə-rəl How to pronounce bicameral (audio) \

Legal Definition of bicameral

: having, consisting of, or based on two legislative chambers a bicameral legislature

Other Words from bicameral

bicameralism \ ˌbī-​ˈka-​mə-​rə-​ˌli-​zəm How to pronounce bicameral (audio) \ noun
bicamerality \ ˌbī-​ˌka-​mə-​ˈra-​lə-​tē \ noun

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