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upper house

noun
1.
one of two branches of a legislature generally smaller and less representative than the lower branch, as the Senate of the U.S. Congress.
Origin of upper house
1525-1535
1525-35
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  • In the Gledom, or upper house, originate all bills for the good of the nation at large.

    A. D. 2000 Alvarado M. Fuller
  • Mr. Gladstone talks of an upper house, with a £20 qualification.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • In the upper house an amendment to the address was moved by Earl Fitzwilliam; but on a division the address was carried.

  • The upper house can only be approached by means of steps cut in the rock.

    The Prehistoric World E. A. Allen
  • Enter Nathaniel, from the upper house, with a message for sundries; and black Thomas's daughter, for sundries.

    Abigail Adams and Her Times Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
British Dictionary definitions for upper house

upper house

noun
1.
(often capitals) one of the two houses of a bicameral legislature Also called upper chamber Compare lower house
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