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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.
1175-1225; Middle English senatour < Anglo-French < Latin senātor, equivalent to sen(ātus) senate + -ātor -ator
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senatorship, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for senators
  • Folks who care about reducing noise pollution, please contact your congressperson and senators about your noise concerns.
  • Kids can find out here and follow the links to learn more about their senators.
  • The pork senators are former political leaders, construction magnates, and business people.
  • But there are several southern senators who could use a rescue package of their own.
  • So one would expect senators to ask him tough questions.
  • In the upper house, four senators switched their votes at the last minute.
  • senators serve six-year terms and members of the lower house five-year terms.
  • Develops a framework for understanding when and how nominations are contested by senators and interest groups.
  • It was unclear if she was referring to private sessions, prior to her formal nomination hearing, with individual senators.
  • senators had to get their stock deals done between rubber-chicken dinners and grip-and-grins at the state fair.
British Dictionary definitions for senators


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



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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