One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The bicameral legislative body in the Netherlands.
- ‘Incidently, the first States General seal was of the 17 United Netherlands, adopted in 1559, in which the lion clinched 17 arrows (pointing downwards) in his left paw.’
- ‘During the republican era the States-General (De Staten Generaal; the Dutch parliament) used a red flag with a yellow/golden lion.’
2historical The legislative body in France until 1789, representing the three estates of the realm (i.e., the clergy, the nobility, and the commons)
- ‘Then there is the United States General Accounting Office - Congress' watchdog.’
- ‘The States-General opened on May 5, 1789, at Versailles.’
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