noun Etymology: Middle English senat, from Anglo-French, from Latin senatus, from sen-, senex old, old man — more at senior Date: 13th century 1. an assembly or council usually possessing high deliberative and legislative functions: 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 (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

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  • Senate — Sen ate, n. [OE. senat, F. s[ e]nat, fr. L. senatus, fr. senex, gen. senis, old, an old man. See {Senior}, {Sir}.] 1. An assembly or council having the highest deliberative and legislative functions. Specifically: (a) (Anc. Rom.) A body of elders …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Senate — sen·ate / se nət/ n: the upper chamber in a bicameral legislature; esp cap: the upper house of the U.S. Congress or a state legislature Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. senate …   Law dictionary

  • senate — [sen′it] n. [ME senat < OFr < L senatus < senex, old, aged < IE base * sen(o) , old > Sans sána , Gr henos, OIr sen, old] 1. literally a council of elders 2. the supreme council of the ancient Roman state, originally only of… …   English World dictionary

  • Senate — Sen‧ate [ˈsent] noun [singular] in the US and some other countries, the upper part of the two parts of government with the power to make laws …   Financial and business terms

  • senate — c.1200, legal and administrative body of ancient Rome, from O.Fr. senat or L. senatus highest council of the state in ancient Rome, lit. council of elders, from senex (gen. senis) old man, old (see SENILE (Cf. senile)). Attested from late 14c. in …   Etymology dictionary

  • senate — ► NOUN 1) a legislative or governing body, especially the smaller upper assembly in the US, US states, France, and other countries. 2) the governing body of a university or college. 3) the state council of the ancient Roman republic and empire.… …   English terms dictionary

  • senate — /sen it/, n. 1. an assembly or council of citizens having the highest deliberative functions in a government, esp. a legislative assembly of a state or nation. 2. (cap.) the upper house of the legislature of certain countries, as the United… …   Universalium

  • Senate — Senator and Sen. redirect here. For other uses, see Senator (disambiguation). The Senate redirects here. For the Northern Soul band, see The Senate (band). The Curia Julia in the Roman Forum A senate is a deliberative assembly, often the upper… …   Wikipedia

  • senate — n. 1) to convene, convoke a senate 2) to disband, dissolve a senate 3) a senate meets, is in session 4) a senate adjourns * * * [ senɪt] convoke a senate dissolve a senate is in session a senate adjourns a senate meets to convene to disband …   Combinatory dictionary

  • Senate — [[t]se̱nɪt[/t]] ♦♦ Senates 1) N PROPER COLL: usu the N The Senate is the smaller and more important of the two parts of the parliament in some countries, for example the United States and Australia. The Senate is expected to pass the bill shortly …   English dictionary

  • senate — sen|ate Senate [ˈsenıt] n [Date: 1100 1200; : Old French; Origin: senat, from Latin senatus, from senex old man ] 1.) a) the Senate the smaller and more important of the two parts of the government with the power to make laws, in countries such… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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