Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia.
1. Chiefly British The rear benches in the House of Commons where junior members of Parliament sit behind government officeholders and their counterparts in the opposition party.
2. New members of Congress considered as a group.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) Brit and Austral and NZ involving backbenchers: a backbench MP.
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
Switch to new thesaurus
|Noun||1.||backbench - any of the seats occupied by backbenchers in the House of Commons|
seat - any support where you can sit (especially the part of a chair or bench etc. on which you sit); "he dusted off the seat before sitting down"
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
backbench[ˈbækˈbentʃ] ADJ [committee, revolt] → de los diputados sin cargo oficial; [MP] → sin cargo oficial
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
backbench[ˈbækbɛntʃ] (British, Australian) modif [opinion, debate] → des députés de base; [rebellion] → des députés de base
backbench MP → député m membre du parlement sans portefeuille
the Conservative backbench MP Sir Teddy Taylor → le député conservateur Sir Teddy Taylor
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005