senate

noun

sen·​ate ˈse-nət How to pronounce senate (audio)
plural senates
1
: an assembly or council usually possessing high deliberative and legislative functions: such as
a
: the second chamber in the bicameral legislature of a major political unit (such as a nation, state, or province)
often used in capitalized form as the shortened name of a specific senate
The bill passed in both the House and the Senate.
Senate Republicans
This article contends that most issues related to Senate reform in Canada have been addressed in Australia.Howard Cody
b
: the supreme council of the ancient Roman republic and empire
2
: the hall or chamber in which a senate meets
3
: a governing body of some universities charged with maintaining academic standards and regulations and usually composed of the principal or representative members of the faculty

Examples of senate in a Sentence

the New York State Senate The Senate approved the bill. The Senate voted to repeal the tax cut.
Recent Examples on the Web By 2013, Anyang’ became a member of the Kenyan senate, representing Kisumu County. Yasmeen Hamadeh, Peoplemag, 29 June 2024 The support came amid expectations the university senate, Columbia's main governing body, may vote Friday on a resolution to formally censure Shafik over her decision to call the New York City Police Department to the Manhattan campus last week. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 26 Apr. 2024 The increase, coupled with faculty buyouts and layoffs, led some faculty senates to cast a vote of no confidence in the Board of Regents. Kaitlyn Pohly, Hartford Courant, 22 June 2024 Democratic majority leader Harry Reid and his Republican successor Mitch McConnell converted that to a supermajority system where nothing could get through the 100-vote senate without 60 votes. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, 26 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for senate 

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English senat, from Anglo-French, from Latin senatus, from sen-, senex old, old man — more at senior

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of senate was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Senate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/senate. Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

senate

noun
sen·​ate ˈsen-ət How to pronounce senate (audio)
: an official law-making group or council: as
a
: the supreme council of the ancient Roman republic and empire
b
: the higher branch of a legislature of a nation, state, or province
Etymology

Middle English senat "lawmaking council of ancient Rome," from early French senat (same meaning), from Latin senatus, literally, "council of elders," from sen-, senex "old" — related to senior

Legal Definition

senate

noun
sen·​ate ˈse-nət How to pronounce senate (audio)
: the upper chamber in a bicameral legislature
especially, capitalized : the upper house of the U.S. Congress or a state legislature
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