- 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.
Origin of senate
Examples from the Web for senate
This is going to be the Game of Thrones of U.S. Senate races.The Golden State Preps for the ‘Red Wedding’ of Senate Races
January 9, 2015
This Congress will welcome more women than ever before at 19 percent of the House and 20 percent of the Senate.The Unbearable Whiteness of Congress
January 8, 2015
AIDS insanity: When running for the US Senate in 1992, Huckabee called for a quarantine of people who had AIDS.The Devil in Mike Huckabee
January 6, 2015
It was a Senate floor soap opera over none other than a soap-opera producer.U.S. Embassies Have Always Been for Sale
January 2, 2015
Still, for all of this, South Carolina is now represented in the U.S. Senate by Tim Scott, a Republican and an African-American.Steve Scalise Shows There’s a Fine Line Between Confederate & Southern
January 2, 2015
The challenges before us will be thrashed out with the House and the Senate.
Nothing else can be appealed to in the field, or in the senate.
In 1844, he was elected to the State Senate from the Franklin district.
Mr. Rice made the closing speech on the School Bill, in the Senate, on the 24th.
At Lanuvium there was a society known as the "Senate of Women."The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
- any legislative or governing body considered to resemble a Senate
- the main governing body at some colleges and universities
- 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
Word Origin and History for senate
c.1200, "legal and administrative body of ancient Rome," from Old French senat or Latin senatus "highest council of the state in ancient Rome," literally "council of elders," from senex (genitive senis) "old man, old" (see senile). Attested from late 14c. in reference to governing bodies of free cities in Europe; of national governing bodies from 1550s; specific sense of upper house of U.S. legislature is recorded from 1775.