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[bahy-kam-er-uh l] /baɪˈkæm ər əl/
adjective, Government
having two branches, chambers, or houses, as a legislative body.
Origin of bicameral
1825-35; bi-1 + Latin camer(a) chamber + -al1
Related forms
bicameralism, noun
bicameralist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bicameral
  • Evidently, achieving bicameral harmony can be as hard as finding the right bipartisan balance.
  • Instead, the race will be decided by a secret vote of the bicameral Parliament.
  • Respectable bicameral democracies around the world confine direct election to one chamber only.
  • One of the ideas floated recently is to have a bicameral legislature, a legislature with two houses, or chambers.
  • One of the founding fathers said the bicameral congress was like cooling tea by pouring it in a different cup.
  • The bicameral arrangement of culture and politics dissolves.
  • It used to be a bicameral parliament with an upper and lower house, but now is unicameral with coalitions having to be formed.
  • The agreements enjoy broad bipartisan, bicameral support and have been delayed for too long.
  • We believe this bipartisan, bicameral proposal should be a part of any comprehensive strategy to promote economic growth.
British Dictionary definitions for bicameral


(of a legislature) consisting of two chambers
Derived Forms
bicameralism, noun
bicameralist, noun
Word Origin
C19: from bi-1 + Latin camerachamber
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Word Origin and History for bicameral

"having two chambers," 1832, from bi- "two" (see bi-) + Late Latin camera "chamber" (see camera) + -al (1).

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bicameral in Medicine

bicameral bi·cam·er·al (bī-kām'ər-əl)
Composed of or having two chambers, especially an abscess divided by a septum.

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