- a member of a senate.
- (initial capital letter) (in the U.S.) a title of respect accorded a person who is or has been a member of the Senate.
Origin of senator
Examples from the Web for senator
Ed Brooke, the first African-American Senator since Reconstruction, embraced fights with the left and right.Ed Brooke: The Senate's Civil Rights Pioneer and Prophet of a Post-Racial America
January 4, 2015
I am reminded of the story of Senator Bernie Sanders (Independent, VT) walking along the shores of Lake Champlain.Santa Fails One More Time
P. J. O’Rourke
December 27, 2014
The Kentucky senator seems to be making the ‘Seinfeld’ holiday a tradition on Twitter.Rand Paul Has a Few Festivus Grievances
December 23, 2014
The biggest blowback will be against the ‘reforming’ Kentucky senator, because Republicans back cops, period.GOP Won’t Forgive Rand for Cop Critique
December 23, 2014
Right now, former Virginia Senator James Webb may prove the best vehicle for dino-Democratic ideas.Time to Bring Back the Truman Democrats
December 21, 2014
She no longer feared the senator, but she refused to speculate upon what Chip might do.
The senator breathed the word deep in his throat and fell silent.
"I do like young people to have a healthy appetite," said the Senator.Casanova's Homecoming
I was not surprised, then, to hear him referred to as the "Senator."Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
Senator Ruy Barbosa has justly interpreted the meaning of my visit.Latin America and the United States
- (often capital) a member of a Senate or senate
- any legislator or statesman
Word Origin and History for senator
c.1200, "member of an (ancient) senate," from Old French senator (Modern French sénateur), from Latin senator "member of the senate," from senex "old; old man" (see senate). An Old English word for one was folcwita. As "member of a (modern) governing body" from late 14c.; specifically in U.S. use from 1788. Fem. form senatress attested from 1731. The Senators was the name of the professional baseball team in Washington, D.C., from 1891 to 1971.