sen·​a·​to·​ri·​al ˌse-nə-ˈtȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce senatorial (audio)
: 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 In 2012, Walsh gave his support to the first U.S. senatorial race by former U.S. Army helicopter pilot Tammy Duckworth, who lost both her legs in 2004 during combat in Iraq. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Nov. 2023 The outcome of Georgia’s senatorial and gubernatorial contests should shed light on this apparent trend. William A. Galston, WSJ, 8 Nov. 2022 Manchin is almost as good at senatorial theatrics as Jimmy Stewart. Marie Sapirie, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 On Thursday morning, Punchbowl’s Jake Sherman reported that House Speaker Mike Johnson planned to endorse Montana representative Matt Rosendale’s quest to capture his state’s Republican senatorial nomination and square off against Senator Jon Tester in November. Noah Rothman, National Review, 8 Feb. 2024 Colosio Riojas is also currently a senatorial candidate for an opposition party. Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, 31 Jan. 2024 Prior to Barrasso weighing in, Trump’s top senatorial endorsement came from National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Steve Daines (R-MT). Emily Jacobs, Washington Examiner, 10 Jan. 2024 If party leaders don’t put one or all of these bills on the floor for votes, Hawley, the Republican senator, vows to use all the instruments in his senatorial toolkit to force the issue in 2024. Matt Laslo, WIRED, 22 Dec. 2023 Parnell’s senatorial hopes had ended amid allegations of domestic violence and child abuse. Matt Farwell, Harper's Magazine, 13 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1740, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of senatorial was in 1740

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“Senatorial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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sen·​a·​to·​ri·​al ˌsen-ə-ˈtōr-ē-əl How to pronounce senatorial (audio)
: of or relating to a senator or a senate
senatorial office
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