Definitions of senate

  1. the upper house of the United States Congress
  2. assembly possessing high legislative powers
  3. An assembly or council having the highest deliberative and legislative functions.
  4. A body of elders appointed or elected from among the nobles of the nation, and having supreme legislative authority.
  5. The upper and less numerous branch of a legislature in various countries, as in France, in the United States, in most of the separate States of the United States, and in some Swiss cantons.
  6. In general, a legislative body; a state council; the legislative department of government.
  7. The governing body of the Universities of Cambridge and London.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. A legislative body; upper house of a legislature.
  12. A legislative body; council.
  13. The more stable branch of a congress or legislature.
  14. An assembly or council of senators; the upper house of legislature; any legislative or deliberative body; the governing body of Cambridge University.
  15. 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.

Usage examples for senate

  1. " These," replied Verus quickly, " in which I am not obliged to occupy myself in the senate or with the affairs of state. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  2. Madam, I am spy of no man, unless I am such at order of my chief, John Calhoun, of the United States Senate perhaps, if Madam pleases, soon of Mr. Tyler's cabinet. – 54-40 or Fight by Emerson Hough
  3. All these men were connected together, and bound by one common interest, each one making the cause of the others his own; in fact, he would rather make enemies of the senate of Venice than be regarded by these men as a traitor- and, besides, he could no longer be useful to the prince if he lost the confidence of this class of people. – The Ghost-Seer (or The Apparitionist), and Sport of Destiny by Frederich Schiller
  4. When he was seated in the senate chamber, a man came to him and told him to take off his hat. – Isaac T. Hopper by L. Maria Child
  5. The Senate of Rome had been in the day of Rome's freedom a great power. – Church and State as Seen in the Formation of Christendom by T. W. Allies
  6. Speaking years later in the Senate John Randolph of Roanoke remarked that the Minute Men " were raised in a minute, armed in a minute, marched in a minute, fought in a minute, and vanquished in a minute." – Legends of the Skyline Drive and the Great Valley of Virginia by Carrie Hunter Willis Etta Belle Walker
  7. The Senate accepted this amendment and sent the bill to the House. – Union and Democracy by Allen Johnson
  8. We have just heard that they have obtained leave of the Senate to hold a ball in the new school- rooms, and to break down the partition- wall between them for this purpose, which will prevent the school from being opened for another month. – Memoir and Diary of John Yeardley, Minister of the Gospel by John Yeardley
  9. 3. The senate thanked the consul because he had provided for this war. – Selections from Viri Romae by Charles François L'Homond
  10. All at once the people remarked that the Senate was not walking before the Imperial chariot. – Saint Augustin by Louis Bertrand
  11. In the United States both president and senate have divided responsibilities. – Lord Elgin by John George Bourinot
  12. I. Brown is again in the chair as president of the Senate – Memoirs of Aaron Burr, Complete by Matthew L. Davis
  13. I wished, they say, to save the senate – The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius
  14. Accordingly the senators came together, and the emperor ascended his throne, looking so mournful that the whole Senate grieved for him, and feared lest death should speedily overtake him. – Hero-Myths & Legends of the British Race by Maud Isabel Ebbutt
  15. His character for firmness was well established before be took his seat in the Senate but on the 9th of January, 1794, it was displayed with effect. – Memoirs of Aaron Burr, Complete by Matthew L. Davis
  16. While each nation was to retain its own council and its management of local affairs, the general control was to be lodged in a federal senate composed of representatives elected by each nation, holding office during good behavior, and acknowledged as ruling chiefs throughout the whole confederacy. – The Iroquois Book of Rites by Horatio Hale
  17. Within the senate chamber of his mind he had debated and pondered and voted confidence in himself and in life. – In a Little Town by Rupert Hughes
  18. Meanwhile, some officers of the Senate finding the front gates of the palace closed against them, proceeded to the garden entrance at the back of the building, to obtain admission to its owner. – Antonina by Wilkie Collins
  19. Are the gentlemen who want to buy stock in the mine the same men who are in the Senate – Soldiers of Fortune by Richard Harding Davis
  20. In the Senate the bill as reported from the House was hurried through without much debate. – History of the Constitutions of Iowa by Benjamin F. Shambaugh