[sen-uh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-]


of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or befitting a senator or senate: senatorial oratory.
consisting of senators.

Origin of senatorial

1730–40; < Latin senātōri(us) (see senator, -tory1) + -al1
Related formssen·a·to·ri·al·ly, adverbnon·sen·a·to·ri·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for senatorial

Contemporary Examples of senatorial

Historical Examples of senatorial

  • A gentleman from Alabama who walked in a presidential, but ran in a senatorial, race.

  • When the Senatorial party had landed, Steve had been one of the committee of entertainment.

  • It was not only their senatorial utterances that had weight: their least gesture had it also.

  • And Juggins went out of that senatorial mansion a sadder and a wiser man.


    George Niblo

  • Wait, however, until the senatorial committee has made its report.

    Mrs. Darrell

    Foxcroft Davis

British Dictionary definitions for senatorial



of, relating to, befitting, or characteristic of a senator
composed of senators
mainly US electing or entitled to representation by a senatorsenatorial districts
Derived Formssenatorially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for senatorial

1740, from French sénatorial or from Latin senatorius "pertaining to a senator" or formed in English from senator + -al (1). Earlier adjectives were senatory (1520s), senatorian (1610). Related: Senatorially.

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