sen·​a·​to·​ri·​al | \ ˌse-nə-ˈtȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce senatorial (audio) \

Definition of senatorial

: of, relating to, or befitting a senator or a senate senatorial office senatorial rank

Examples of senatorial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Chief Justice John Roberts was summoned over from the Supreme Court to administer the senatorial oath and take up his duties as the trial’s presiding officer. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "Spoiler Alert: There Will Be No Impartial Justice for Donald Trump," 17 Jan. 2020 The Republicans promptly passed the Tenure of Office Act, which barred the President from firing certain executive branch officials without senatorial approval. Time, "What Are High Crimes and Misdemeanors? Here’s the History," 10 Dec. 2019 Given the impossibility of a senatorial conviction, the only strategy is to taint the president with the brand of impeachment and weaken him in the 2020 election. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Impeachment Clock," 19 Nov. 2019 The solo show takes place on the eve of the 1976 Democratic senatorial primary, as Abzug tells tales of her life as a lawyer and congresswoman in the early days of women’s liberation. Mia J. Merrill,, "Why is a man starring in a play about legendary politician Bella Abzug?," 20 Nov. 2019 Some suspects are accused of using more than $5,000 worth of municipal funds to in part pay other suspects to work on Nazario's senatorial campaign. CBS News, "FBI arrests Puerto Rico senator, 7 more in corruption probe," 7 Nov. 2019 Samantha Boucher is on her way — both to Iowa for the 2020 U.S. Senate race there and to becoming the first openly transgender person to manage a U.S. senatorial campaign. NBC News, "Transgender activist Samantha Boucher to run U.S. Senate campaign," 7 Oct. 2019 Also on this day: 1858: The Lincoln-Douglas debates between Democratic senator Stephen A. Douglas and Republican challenger Abraham Lincoln in the Illinois senatorial campaign begin. Fox News, "This Day in History: Aug. 21," 21 Aug. 2019 Her daughter Imee won a senatorial bid during the midterm elections in May, while her son Ferdinand Jr. is still pushing an electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo. Regine Cabato, Washington Post, "Former first lady Imelda Marcos 90th birthday bash struck by apparent food poisoning," 3 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'senatorial.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of senatorial

1740, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about senatorial

Time Traveler for senatorial

Time Traveler

The first known use of senatorial was in 1740

See more words from the same year

Statistics for senatorial

Last Updated

27 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Senatorial.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for senatorial


How to pronounce senatorial (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of senatorial

: of or relating to a senator or a senate

More from Merriam-Webster on senatorial

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with senatorial

Comments on senatorial

What made you want to look up senatorial? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


showing steady, earnest care and effort

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Intact Latin Quiz

  • roman tablet
  • What did focus mean in Latin?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!