- the parliament of the Netherlands, consisting of an upper chamber (First Chamber) and a lower chamber (Second Chamber).
- French History. the legislative body in France before the French Revolution.
Origin of States-General
First recorded in 1575–85
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Examples from the Web for states-general
The States-General have not yet made answer to the Ambassador.
This has not hindered the States-General from adopting also the answer.
Anon we may send you to Paris to represent us in the States-General.The Trampling of the Lilies
He said to Necker that he desired the States-General because he wanted a guide.
It was an experiment to avert the evil day of the States-General.