house of representatives


plural houses of representatives
: the lower house of a legislative body
often used in capitalized form to refer to a specific lower house
the U.S. House of Representatives
However, Canberra MP Dr Andrew Leigh tabled the petition in the House of Representatives on Monday afternoon …Josh Butler

Examples of house of representatives in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By the time she is sworn in as president on Oct. 1, Morena’s coalition will have a supermajority in the house of representatives and a simple majority in the Senate. Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times, 14 June 2024 The Ohio house of representatives has overridden DeWine’s veto. David Harsanyi, National Review, 25 Jan. 2024 Since North Carolina’s governor can’t veto redistricting plans, all that’s left is for final votes in the state house of representatives and state senate. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 26 Oct. 2023 In the massachusetts statehouse, high above the gallery in the house of representatives, directly opposite the painting of John Hancock proposing the Bill of Rights, there hangs a five-foot-long wooden codfish. Robert Kunzig, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 Before 1992, Peru’s 180-seat house of representatives and 60-seat senate had to agree on the terms of impeachment before booting the head of state. Marcelo Rochabrun,, 8 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1693, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of house of representatives was in 1693

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“House of representatives.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

house of representatives

: the lower house of a legislative body (as the U.S. Congress)

Legal Definition

house of representatives

: the lower house of a legislative body
especially, capitalized H&R : the lower house of the U.S. Congress or a state legislature

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