Definition of senate
1 : an assembly or council usually possessing high deliberative and legislative functions: such asa : the supreme council of the ancient Roman republic and empireb : the second chamber in the bicameral legislature of a major political unit (such as a nation, state, or province)
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.
Origin and Etymology of senate
Middle English senat, from Anglo-French, from Latin senatus, from sen-, senex old, old man — more at senior
First Known Use: 13th century
SENATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of senate for English Language Learners
the Senate : the smaller group of the two groups of people who meet to discuss and make the laws of a country, state, etc.; especially : the smaller group of the two groups that form the U.S. Congress
: a group of people who govern some colleges and universities
the Senate : the group of officials who led the ancient Roman government
SENATE Defined for Kids
Definition of senate for Students
1 cap : the upper house of a legislature (as the United States Congress)
2 : a governing body
Legal Definition of senate
: 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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