an assembly or council of citizens having the highest deliberative functions in a government, especially a legislative assembly of a state or nation.
(initial capital letter) the upper house of the legislature of certain countries, as the United States, France, Italy, Canada, Ireland, Republic of South Africa, Australia, and some Latin American countries.
the room or building in which such a group meets.
Roman History. the supreme council of state, the membership and functions of which varied at different periods.
a governing, advisory, or disciplinary body, as in certain universities.
any legislative or governing body considered to resemble a Senate
the main governing body at some colleges and universities
noun (sometimes not capital)
the upper chamber of the legislatures of the US, Canada, Australia, and many other countries
the legislative council of ancient Rome. Originally the council of the kings, the Senate became the highest legislative, judicial, and religious authority in republican Rome
the ruling body of certain free cities in medieval and modern Europe
(Acts 5:21), the “elders of Israel” who formed a component part of the Sanhedrin.
noun 1. a member of a senate. 2. (initial capital letter) (in the U.S.) a title of respect accorded a person who is or has been a member of the Senate. noun 1. (often capital) a member of a Senate or senate 2. any legislator or statesman
adjective 1. of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or befitting a senator or senate: senatorial oratory. 2. consisting of senators. adjective 1. of, relating to, befitting, or characteristic of a senator 2. composed of senators 3. (mainly US) electing or entitled to representation by a senator: senatorial districts
noun 1. the practice in the U.S. Senate of confirming only those presidential appointees approved by both senators from the state of the appointee, or by the senior senator of the president’s party.
noun 1. one of a fixed number of districts into which a state of the U.S. is divided, each electing one member to the state senate.