[ steyts-jen-er-uh l ]
/ ˈsteɪtsˈdʒɛn ər əl /
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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British Dictionary definitions for states general
the bicameral legislature of the Netherlands
- an assembly of the estates of an entire country in contrast to those of a single province
- Also called: Estates General the assembly of the estates of all France, last meeting in 1789
- the sovereign body of the Dutch republic from the 16th to 18th century
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