Definitions of senate

  1. An assembly or council having the highest deliberative and legislative functions.
  2. A body of elders appointed or elected from among the nobles of the nation, and having supreme legislative authority.
  3. In general, a legislative body; a state council; the legislative department of government.
  4. The governing body of the Universities of Cambridge and London.
  5. In some American colleges, a council of elected students, presided over by the president of the college, to which are referred cases of discipline and matters of general concern affecting the students.
  6. A council of state; in ancient Rome, the supreme council of state: Senate, in the United States, the upper house of Congress or of a state legislature; the upper house of the lawmaking body in various countries.
  7. A legislative or deliberative body, esp. the upper house of a national legislature: that branch of the American Congress chosen by the Legislatures of the States and whose members are elected for a term of six years: one of the two co- ordinate branches of the State Legislature or Assembly.
  8. A legislative body; upper house of a legislature.
  9. A legislative body; council.
  10. The more stable branch of a congress or legislature.
  11. An assembly or council of senators; the upper house of legislature; any legislative or deliberative body; the governing body of Cambridge University.
  12. The deliberative and legislative assembly of a state; in U. S. of Amer., the Upper House of the legislature; the governing body of a university; a superior governing body.