bi·​cam·​er·​al | \(ˌ)bī-ˈkam-rəl, -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, -​ˈka-​mə-​ \ noun

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But 10 years later, the bipartisan, bicameral College Transparency Act (CTA) provides a sensible path forward for doing so. Alison Griffin, Washington Post, "Congress needs to lift restrictions on collecting college student data," 14 June 2018 The October 2002 resolution received a resounding bicameral majority on October 3, 2002. Kate Keller, Smithsonian, "An Unlikely Hardliner, George H. W. Bush Was Ready to Push Presidential Powers," 14 May 2018 This is a serious piece of bipartisan, bicameral national security legislation drafted in consultation with Cfius member agencies, Treasury, Defense, Justice, the military and the intelligence community. WSJ, "Tech Export Review Is Completely Inadequate," 25 Mar. 2018 But Congress is a bicameral legislature, and the House deserves an opportunity to improve on the Senate’s work. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Art of a Banking Compromise," 16 Mar. 2018 The sale comes on the heels of the Japanese National Diet's approval of a plan to build an Aegis Ashore missile defense system (the National Diet is Japan's parliamentary-style bicameral legislature). Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Japan to get latest Aegis ballistic missile interceptors from US," 10 Jan. 2018 Bipartisan, bicameral negotiations have been underway for months. Time, "Blame Game Continues as Senate Tries to Reach Shutdown Compromise," 21 Jan. 2018 There remain a lot of moving parts in bicameral efforts to provide a stopgap funding bill for federal programs and agencies and avoid a government shutdown, which would otherwise begin at midnight on Friday. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Temporary Spending Bill To Include Temporary Funding for CHIP," 21 Dec. 2017 Streamlining the form has bicameral, bipartisan support. Melissa Korn, WSJ, "Five Things on the House’s Higher Education Bill," 29 Nov. 2017

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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

: having two parts


bi·​cam·​er·​al | \(ˈ)bī-ˈkam-(ə-)rəl \

Medical Definition of bicameral 

: having two chambers


bi·​cam·​er·​al | \ˌbī-ˈka-mə-rəl \

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 \ noun
bicamerality \ˌbī-​ˌka-​mə-​ˈra-​lə-​tē \ noun

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