[ steyts-jen-er-uhl ]
/ ˈsteɪtsˈdʒɛn ər əl /
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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.



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Origin of States-General

First recorded in 1575–85
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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 General the 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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