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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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  • senator Foraker was one man, but senator Foraker was a host in himself.

  • She no longer feared the senator, but she refused to speculate upon what Chip might do.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • The crowd parted again—the senator moved on—again the crowd closed in.

    Rienzi Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • senator Ruy Barbosa has justly interpreted the meaning of my visit.

  • senator Markham, the bulky, red-faced Chairman greeted them.

    The Unlearned Raymond F. Jones
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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