Definition of cross benches noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


cross benches

BrE BrE//ˈkrɒs bentʃɪz//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɔːs bentʃɪz//
[plural] (British English)
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the place in the British House of Lords where members who do not belong to a particular political party sit members who sit on the cross benches