upper house

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upper +‎ house

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upper house (plural upper houses)

  1. (government) The upper legislative house in a bicameral legislature; usually smaller and having more restricted power than the lower house.
    • 1887, Harriet W. Daly, Digging, Squatting, and Pioneering Life in the Northern Territory of South Australia, page 286:
      It was, however, thrown out when it reached the " Upper House," as the Legislative Council is designated.
    • 2019 February 8, Olarn, Kocha; Helen, “This princess could be the next prime minister of Thailand”, in CNN International Edition[1], Cable News Network, retrieved 2019-02-08:
      In March, Thais will vote for the 500-seat lower house of parliament. But the 250-member upper house, or Senate, will be chosen entirely by the military.
    Coordinate terms: lower house, sole house

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