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[sen-uh-ter] /ˈsɛn ə tər/
a member of a senate.
(initial capital letter) (in the U.S.) a title of respect accorded a person who is or has been a member of the Senate.
Origin of senator
1175-1225; Middle English senatour < Anglo-French < Latin senātor, equivalent to sen(ātus) senate + -ātor -ator
Related forms
senatorship, noun Unabridged
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  • The senator withholds criticism about the robot's ability to pair socks.
  • The senator is shown in a sort of monk outfit, and he has a hand halo as well as the normal head halo.
  • He was elected a perpetual senator, and enjoyed a position of the highest distinction.
  • Or, you could be a senator with vacation property who simply doesn't want to see the things from your boat.
  • My senator voted to allow his nomination to stand because to vote against him would be to discriminate against his religion.
  • Soon, matching subjects were seeing banner ads on their computer screens urging them to give the senator their signatures.
  • The senator's seizure is diagnosed as a malignant tumor.
  • The senator also opposes abortion and all federal funding of abortion.
British Dictionary definitions for senator


(often capital) a member of a Senate or senate
any legislator or statesman
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Word Origin and History for senator

c.1200, "member of an (ancient) senate," from Old French senator (Modern French sénateur), from Latin senator "member of the senate," from senex "old; old man" (see senate). An Old English word for one was folcwita. As "member of a (modern) governing body" from late 14c.; specifically in U.S. use from 1788. Fem. form senatress attested from 1731. The Senators was the name of the professional baseball team in Washington, D.C., from 1891 to 1971.

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