Definition of lower house in US English:

lower house

noun

  • 1The larger of two sections of a bicameral legislature or parliament, typically with elected members and having the primary responsibility for legislation.

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

Pronunciation

lower house

/ˌlōər ˈhous/