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parliament, legislature, council of citizens with lawmaking and deliberative functions (esp. the U.S. Senate); house of parliament, building or hall in which a legislative body meets (esp. the chamber of the U.S. Senate)
Senate Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n.)
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.
  
(n.)
The governing body of the Universities of Cambridge and London.
  
(n.)
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.
  
(n.)
In general, a legislative body; a state council; the legislative department of government.
  
(n.)
An assembly or council having the highest deliberative and legislative functions.
  
(n.)
A body of elders appointed or elected from among the nobles of the nation, and having supreme legislative authority.
  
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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senate
\sen"ate\ (?), n. [oe. senat, f. sénat, fr. l. senatus, fr. senex, gen. senis, old, an old man. see senior, sir.]
1. an assembly or council having the highest deliberative and legislative functions. specifically: (a) (anc. rom.) a body of elders appointed or elected from among the nobles of the nation, and having supreme legislative authority. the senate was thus the medium through which all affairs of the whole government had to pass. w. smith. (b) 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. (c) in general, a legislative body; a state council; the legislative department of government.
2. the governing body of the universities of cambridge and london. [eng.]
3. 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. [u. s.]
senate
chamber, a room where a senate meets when it transacts business.
senate
house, a house where a senate meets when it transacts business.
senate
n
1. assembly possessing high legislative powers
2. the upper house of the united states congress [syn: united states senate , senate]


senate
(acts 5:21), the "elders of israel" who formed a component part of the sanhedrin.


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 united states senate 
Concise English-Irish Dictionary v. 1.1
seanaid f., seanad
JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
Senedd = n. a senate; synod
The Devil's Dictionary
Senate, (n.)

A body of elderly gentlemen charged with high duties and misdemeanors.
  
The Devil's Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce, 1911 (About)
Anagram
      sateen
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. the upper house of the United States Congress
(synonym) United States Senate, US Senate
(member-holonym) Congress, United States Congress, U.S. Congress, US Congress

Noun
1. assembly possessing high legislative powers
(hypernym) legislature, legislative assembly, general assembly, law-makers
(hyponym) United States Senate, US Senate, Senate
Senate Definition from Social Science Dictionaries & Glossaries
Glossary of Parliamentary Procedure
The Upper House of the Canadian Parliament consisting ordinarily of 104 Senators appointed by the Governor General on the advice of the Prime Minister. The Senate possesses all of the powers of the House of Commons except that of initiating financial legislation.
Under the authority of the Clerk of the House of Commons
Senate Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
A senate is a deliberative assembly, often the upper house or chamber of a bicameral legislature or parliament. The name comes from the ancient Roman senate, so-called as an assembly of the senior and thus wiser members of the society or ruling class.

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Senate Definition from Law Dictionaries & Glossaries
The 'Lectric Law Library
SENATE, U.S. - The less numerous branch of the legislature.

The Constitution of the United States, Article 1, s. 3, directs that "the Senate of the United States shall be composed of two senators from each state, chosen by the legislature thereof for six years; and each senator shall have one vote." The vice president of the United States," to use the language of the Constitution, Art. 1, s. 3, "shall be president of the Senate, but shall have no vote unless they be equally divided." In the Senate each state in its political capacity, is represented, upon a footing of perfect equality, like a congress of sovereigns or ambassadors, or like an assembly of peers. It is unlike the house of representatives. where the people are represented.

The Senate of the United States is invested with legislative, executive and judicial powers.

It is a legislative body whose concurrence is requisite to the passage of every law. It may originate any bill, except those for raising revenue, which shall originate in the house of representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with amendments as on other bills. Const. Art. 1, s. 7.

The Senate is invested with executive authority in concluding treaties and making appointments.

It is invested with judicial power when it is formed into a court for the trial of impeachments. See Courts of the United States.

In most of the states the less numerous branch of the legislature bears the title of senate. In such a body the people are represented as well as in the other house.

Considerable resistance arose to the non-democratic method of chosing senators and direct election of the members of the Senate was accomplished by Amendment XVII to the U.S. Constitution which states:

"The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. The electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State Legislatures.

When vacancies happen in the representation of any State in the Senate, the executive authority of such State shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies: Provided, That the Legislature of any State may empower the Executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the Legislature may direct.

This amendment shall not be so construed as to affect the election or term of any Senator chosen before it becomes valid as part of the Constitution."
   

This entry contains material from Bouvier's Legal Dictionary, a work published in the 1850's.
Courtesy of the 'Lectric Law Library.
Senate Definition from Religion & Spirituality Dictionaries & Glossaries
Easton's Bible Dictionary
(Acts 5:21), the "elders of Israel" who formed a component part of the Sanhedrin.