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 bicameralism (audio) , -​ˈka-​mə-​ \ noun

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Only serious, bipartisan, bicameral efforts will enable us to continue this important work and produce further legislation that can pass the Senate, pass the House, and earn the president’s signature. Tal Kopan,, "Congress, out on recess, grapples from afar with next steps on guns," 6 Aug. 2019 My statement regarding President Trump's call for bipartisan, bicameral cooperation following the mass murders in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "America’s Most Powerful Gun Supporter," 6 Aug. 2019 And states with a bicameral legislature can have some mixture of these theories, such as one population base for its lower house and another for its upper chamber. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The War to Empower Rural White Voters Is Bigger Than Trump," 9 July 2019 The Indiana General Assembly is a bicameral legislature that meets annually to pass laws. Casey Smith, Indianapolis Star, "What you should know about these Indiana laws going into effect July 1," 1 July 2019 In a potential sign of things to come, the bicameral working group in charge of negotiating a compromise on the dividend has scheduled a hearing for Wednesday morning. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska lawmakers appear ready to accept Mat-Su special session," 15 June 2019 Judiciary Committee investigations into antitrust law and technology giants may soon be bicameral. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, "Rare Bipartisan Ground Emerges Over Big Tech Worries," 11 June 2019 Air Force One transported Bush’s coffin from Houston on Monday, and a bicameral arrival ceremony will be held at the US Capitol at 5 pm. Rachel Withers, Vox, "George H.W. Bush’s state funeral arrangements: what we know," 3 Dec. 2018 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

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

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