[steyts-jen-er-uh l]


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for states general

States General

pl n

the bicameral legislature of the Netherlands
  1. an assembly of the estates of an entire country in contrast to those of a single province
  2. Also called: Estates Generalthe assembly of the estates of all France, last meeting in 1789
  3. the sovereign body of the Dutch republic from the 16th to 18th century
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