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States-General

[steyts-jen-er-uh l] /ˈsteɪtsˈdʒɛn ər əl/
noun
1.
the parliament of the Netherlands, consisting of an upper chamber (First Chamber) and a lower chamber (Second Chamber)
2.
French History. the legislative body in France before the French Revolution.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85
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British Dictionary definitions for states general

States General

plural noun
1.
the bicameral legislature of the Netherlands
2.
(history)
  1. an assembly of the estates of an entire country in contrast to those of a single province
  2. Also called Estates General. the assembly of the estates of all France, last meeting in 1789
  3. the sovereign body of the Dutch republic from the 16th to 18th century
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