[ 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
Words nearby States-General
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How to use States-General in a sentence
The states general of France formed themselves into the national assembly.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
A memorial reciting these letters was delivered to the States-General in November, 1780, but no answer was returned.
The king, our master, is in the midst of his loyal subjects, and the States-general must be suffered to deliberate at liberty.Catherine de' Medici|Honore de Balzac
The states-general voted to join the armed neutrality and, while disavowing the treaty, did not proceed against the pensionary.The Political History of England - Vol. X.|William Hunt
The States-General of the Netherlands had no constitutional doubt about imposing duties on their outlying colonies.The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 1 of 2|Egerton Ryerson
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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