[ steyts-jen-er-uhl ]

  1. the parliament of the Netherlands, consisting of an upper chamber (First Chamber ) and a lower chamber (Second Chamber ).

  2. 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. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for States General

States General

pl n
  1. the bicameral legislature of the Netherlands

  2. history

    • 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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