senate

noun sen·ate \ ˈse-nət \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

Definition of senate

1 : an assembly or council usually possessing high deliberative and legislative functions: such as
a : the supreme council of the ancient Roman republic and empire
b : 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

  1. the New York State Senate

  2. The Senate approved the bill.

  3. The Senate voted to repeal the tax cut.

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Origin and Etymology of senate

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



SENATE Defined for English Language Learners

senate

noun

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

senate

noun sen·ate \ ˈse-nət \

Definition of senate for Students

1 capitalized : the upper house of a legislature (as the United States Congress)
2 : a governing body

Law Dictionary

senate

noun sen·ate \ ˈse-nət \

legal Definition of senate

: the upper chamber in a bicameral legislature; especiallycapitalized : the upper house of the U.S. Congress or a state legislature


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