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See also: Senate
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsɛnɪt/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈsɛnət/, /ˈsɛnɪt/
- (General Australian) IPA(key): /ˈsenət/
Audio (US) (file)
- Rhymes: -ɛnɪt, -ɛnət
senate (plural senates)
- In some bicameral legislative systems, the upper house or chamber.
- A group of experienced, respected, wise individuals serving as decision makers or advisors in a political system or in institutional governance, as in a university, and traditionally of advanced age.
- 1818, Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Revolt of Islam, canto 11, stanza 13, lines 4338-9:
- Before the Tyrant's throne
All night his aged Senate sate.
- In Germany, the executive branch of government in the city states of Berlin, Bremen, and Hamburg; the governments of cities that were part of the Hanseatic League; and the bench in a higher appellate court.
- → Swahili: seneti
the upper house in some bicameral legislative systems
a group of experienced, respected, wise individuals serving as decision makers or advisors
- “senate”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “senate”, in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.