One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The larger of two sections of a bicameral legislature or parliament, typically with elected members and having the primary responsibility for legislation.
legislature, legislative assembly, congress, senate, chamber, house, upper house, upper chamber, lower chamber, second chamber, convocation, diet, council, assembly, chamber of deputiesView synonyms
- ‘The amendments would, of course, been defeated in the lower house and need not be introduced in the Senate.’
- ‘The majority Shiite population boycotted the election and was poorly represented in the lower house.’
- ‘Today in Australia both the upper and lower houses are elected, though different electoral systems are used to vote for each houses.’
- ‘Tasmania's got an electoral system where there's only 25 members of their lower house, the House of Assembly.’
- ‘Incidentally, Spain's lower house also just passed a gay marriage bill in that country.’
- ‘The Lok Sabha, the powerful lower house of India's parliament, has 543 elected seats and two nominations.’
- ‘While senators are appointed by the King, deputies of the lower house are directly elected by universal suffrage.’
- ‘The bill is now in the Senate, Spain's upper house, having already passed in the lower house.’
- ‘He was elected to Japan's lower house of parliament in 1993, and is a member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.’
- ‘Except in South Australia, the lower houses were far from democratic.’
- ‘On the other hand, in the state of Victoria, the upper house is elected with single member electorates, just like the lower house.’
- ‘Representatives to the lower house were elected by Puerto Ricans.’
- ‘One woman must be elected to the lower house from each province.’
- ‘And even in the very close 2000 election, Democrats lost another 43 seats in state legislature lower houses and 21 seats in their upper houses.’
- ‘It will be good to remember that lower houses have ‘speakers’, generally powerful, and upper houses have ‘presidents’ generally not powerful.’
- ‘Under the German constitution, the Bundestag, the lower house of parliament, must be convened within a month of the election.’
- ‘He had studied in the USA, returning to Japan to stand for election to the lower house of the Diet in 1937.’
- ‘Civic Platform and Law and Justice are expected to win around two-thirds of the seats in the Sejm, the lower house of parliament, and to form a coalition.’
- ‘Nomination of candidates for the Majilis or lower house of the parliament in Kazakhstan is over.’
- ‘A total of 2,778 candidates will stand for the 249-seat lower house and 3,027 in provincial councils.’
- 1.1 (in the UK) the House of Commons.
- ‘This proposal is to be debated this autumn by the lower house, the House of Commons, as the next step towards it becoming law.’
- ‘Until today when the vote on its progress was sent to the upper house after scraping through the lower house last week (I think).’
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