States-General


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States-Gen·er·al

(stāts′jĕn′ər-əl)
pl.n.
1. A legislative assembly of representatives from the estates of the nation, as opposed to a provincial assembly.
2. The legislative assembly in France before the Revolution. Also called Estates-General.

[Translation of French états généreaux and Dutch Staten-Generaal.]
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States′-Gen′eral



n.
1. the parliament of the Netherlands.
2. the legislative body in France before the French Revolution.
[1575–85]
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References in classic literature ?
The sovereignty of the Union is represented by the States-General, consisting usually of about fifty deputies appointed by the provinces.
Let us push on, Captain, that we may arrive at Alphen before the message which the States-General are sure to send to me to the camp."
Monsieur de Sponde, the maternal grandfather of Mademoiselle Cormon, was elected by the Nobility to the States-General, and Monsieur Cormon, her father, by the Tiers-Etat, though neither accepted the mission.