One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The bicameral legislative body in the Netherlands.
- ‘During the republican era the States-General (De Staten Generaal; the Dutch parliament) used a red flag with a yellow/golden lion.’
- ‘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.’
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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