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[sen-uh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-]
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  1. of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or befitting a senator or senate: senatorial oratory.
  2. consisting of senators.
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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
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Related Words for senatorial

parliamentary, senatorial, congressional, stylistic, legislatorial, nomothetic, parliamentarian, bombastic, declamatory, dramatic, elaborate, eloquent, expressive, fervid, forceful, grandiloquent, histrionic, impassioned, important, imposing

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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


  1. of, relating to, befitting, or characteristic of a senator
  2. composed of senators
  3. mainly US electing or entitled to representation by a senatorsenatorial districts
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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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