sen·​a·​tor | \ ˈse-nə-tər How to pronounce senator (audio) \

Definition of senator

: a member of a senate

Other Words from senator

senatorship \ ˈse-​nə-​tər-​ˌship How to pronounce senator (audio) \ noun

Examples of senator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Barnette is a Black woman running in the most populous state to never elect a female U.S. senator or governor, and has landed zingers at her opponents during debates. Karen Heller, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 In 1991, the median age for a U.S. senator was 56.5. Sara Luterman, USA TODAY, 26 Apr. 2022 Hatch was also the longest-serving U.S. senator in Utah history. NBC News, 24 Apr. 2022 Warnock, who is pastor of the Atlanta church where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached, became Georgia's first Black U.S. senator after winning a special election in 2020 to fill the unexpired term of Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson. Jeff Amy, ajc, 16 Apr. 2022 The case will likely determine how extensively absentee ballot drop boxes can be used in the upcoming midterm election where the battleground state’s Democratic governor and Republican U.S. senator are on the ballot. Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2022 The former mayor of San Francisco is the oldest sitting U.S. senator. Fifth & Mission Podcast, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Apr. 2022 The state Supreme Court weighed Wednesday whether to let voters use absentee ballot drop boxes in this fall's races for governor and U.S. senator. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Apr. 2022 In spite of his shallow insurgent talk, Scott not only is a former governor and sitting senator but also sits quite near the apex of the GOP hierarchy as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 3 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of senator

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for senator

Middle English senatour, from Anglo-French senatur, from Latin senator, from senatus

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“Senator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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sen·​a·​tor | \ ˈse-nə-tər How to pronounce senator (audio) \

Kids Definition of senator

: a member of a Senate


sen·​a·​tor | \ ˈse-nə-tər How to pronounce senator (audio) \

Legal Definition of senator

: a member of a senate

Other Words from senator

senatorial \ ˌse-​nə-​ˈtōr-​ē-​əl How to pronounce senator (audio) \ adjective


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