- sen|ateSenate [ˈsenıt] n[Date: 1100-1200; : Old French; Origin: senat, from Latin senatus, from senex 'old man']1.) a) the Senatethe 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)a similar part of the government in many US states▪ the California state senate2.) the Senatethe highest level of government in ancient Rome3.)the governing council at some universities
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.