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

Other Words from bicameral

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 Democrats may have won the popular presidential vote in five out of the last six elections, but Republicans control 23 state legislatures while Democrats lead 14 — with 12 bicameral state legislatures divided between the parties. New York Times, 25 June 2022 Staffers on the House Energy & Commerce Committee released a bipartisan discussion draft for data privacy legislation in December 2019, but this is the first time a proposal backed by panel leaders has drawn bicameral support. Cristiano Lima, Washington Post, 3 June 2022 To thank all the American people, as well as the Congress for their bicameral and bipartisan support. Peter Weber, The Week, 25 Apr. 2022 So far, only about two-thirds of the 275 seats in the nation’s bicameral parliament have been filled. Mohammed Omar Ahmed,, 25 Feb. 2022 That design created a bicameral legislature, with each house operating by majority rule, to replace the single legislative chamber that operated under the Articles of Confederation by supermajority or unanimous consent. Thomas Geoghegan, The New Republic, 13 Jan. 2022 Obviously political adversaries are a means because our founders, again, created these three co-equal branches, a bicameral legislature on purpose. NBC News, 21 Nov. 2021 The Illinois Department of Public Health sought to extend them, but the bicameral, bipartisan Joint Committee on Administrative Rules declined. Linda Girardi,, 19 Feb. 2022 The committee, however, should become bicameral and truly bipartisan — maybe think of it as building back better! Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 14 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for bicameral


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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