bicameral

adjective
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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Other Words from bicameral

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

Examples of bicameral in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lawmakers said that moving beyond the current impasse will require high-level bipartisan and bicameral negotiations that have yet to begin in earnest. Erica Werner, Washington Post, "House passes short-term spending bill, punting shutdown fight to November," 19 Sep. 2019 The Indiana General Assembly is a bicameral legislature that meets annually to pass laws. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "House Speaker Brian Bosma to retire after 34 years," 19 Nov. 2019 The Budget Control Act mandated caps in the event that a special bicameral group couldn’t come up with a grand bargain to curb the national debt. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Short-term spending bills epitomize congressional dysfunction and hurt the military," 7 Feb. 2018 The Indiana General Assembly is a bicameral legislature that meets annually to pass laws. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "House Speaker Brian Bosma to retire after 34 years," 19 Nov. 2019 To access the money, the administration would have to send a request to the bicameral Legislative Budget and Audit Committee, which typically handles out-of-session funding issues. Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Aging fleet and declining ridership plague Alaska’s public ferry system," 14 Nov. 2019 Yet, our whole government was set up with three co-equal branches of government and a bicamerallegislature, to boot. CBS News, "Transcript: James Mattis talks with Michael Morell on "Intelligence Matters"," 23 Oct. 2019 Note: In bicameral governments, only lower house data are shown. Kennedy Elliott, National Geographic, "Rwanda's legislature is majority female. Here’s how it happened.," 15 Oct. 2019 Not surprisingly, then, Rome inspired many features of our own constitution, including its checks and balances, bicameral legislature, term limits and age requirements. Steele Brand, Twin Cities, "Steele Brand: Why knowing Roman history is key to preserving America’s future," 19 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of bicameral was circa 1832

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29 Dec 2019

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“Bicameral.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bicameral. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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More Definitions for bicameral

bicameral

adjective
How to pronounce bicameral (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of bicameral

technical : having two parts

bicameral

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

Medical Definition of bicameral

: having two chambers

bicameral

adjective
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 bicameralism (audio) \ noun
bicamerality \ ˌbī-​ˌka-​mə-​ˈra-​lə-​tē \ noun

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