from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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.
- n. New members of Congress considered as a group: "a revolt of the backbench fueled by a powerful lobbying campaign” ( Washington Post).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. In a house of legislature following the model of the Westminster system (such as the UK House of Commons), any bench behind either of the front benches and occupied by rank-and-file members.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. any of the seats occupied by backbenchers in the House of Commons of Great Britain.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of the seats occupied by backbenchers in the House of Commons
From back + bench. (Wiktionary)