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Definition of senate:

  1. A body of elders appointed or elected from among the nobles of the nation, and having supreme legislative authority.
  2. An assembly or council having the highest deliberative and legislative functions.
  3. In general, a legislative body; a state council; the legislative department of government.
  4. 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.
  5. The governing body of the Universities of Cambridge and London.
  6. 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.

Synonyms:

the lawgivers, State legislature, the Upper House, United States Senate, upper branch of Congress, legislature.

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