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States-General

Syllabification: States-Gen·er·al
Pronunciation: /ˌstātsˈjen(ə)rəl
 
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Definition of States-General in English:

noun

1The bicameral legislative body in the Netherlands.
Example sentences
  • During the republican era the States-General (De Staten Generaal; the Dutch parliament) used a red flag with a yellow/golden lion.
  • Incidently, the first States General seal was of the 17 United Netherlands, adopted in 1559, in which the lion clinched 17 arrows (pointing downwards) in his left paw.
2 (also Estates General) historical The legislative body in France until 1789, representing the three estates of the realm (i.e., the clergy, the nobility, and the commons).
Example sentences
  • Then there is the United States General Accounting Office - Congress' watchdog.
  • The States-General opened on May 5, 1789, at Versailles.

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