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Topic: COLLEGE

Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old French
Origin: senat, from Latin senatus, from senex 'old man'

senate

noun
     
sen‧ate , Senate
1PGP
a)

the Senate

the smaller and more important of the two parts of the government with the power to make laws, in countries such as the US, Australia, and France:
The Senate approved the bill.
b) [countable] a similar part of the government in many US states:
the California state senate
2

the Senate

PG the highest level of government in ancient Rome
3 [countable]SEC the governing council at some universities
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