- 1.1The smaller upper assembly in the US Congress, most US states, France, and other countries.More example sentences
- The bicameral parliament is comprised of a senate and national assembly.
- We also have a new parliament, a national assembly and a senate appointed by the different factions.
- Governors, often elected by the legislatures for one-year terms, were denied the veto, and senates (the new upper houses) were not allowed to amend money bills.
- 1.2The state council of the ancient Roman republic and empire, which shared legislative power with the popular assemblies, administration with the magistrates, and judicial power with the knights.More example sentences
- The senate, led by Cicero, supported Octavian, who defeated Antony in 43 and took the consulship by force.
- On the Ides of March, two days before he was due to leave Rome on his great eastern expedition, he was stabbed to death at a meeting of the senate in Pompey's new theater.
- However, the Roman senate did not share their emperor's enthusiasm for the new faith.
- 1.3The governing body of a university or college.More example sentences
- The faculty senate at Virginia State University was abolished in 2001.
- Six days after his arrest, and following consultation with members of his department and of the faculty senate, the university president acted to dismiss him.
- Resolutions from the university senate and several protests, including a hunger strike by seventeen students, have sought to focus public attention on the disparity in benefits.
Middle English: from Old French senat, from Latin senatus, from senex 'old man'.
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