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noun par·lia·ment \ˈpär-lə-mənt also ˈpärl-yə-\

: the group of people who are responsible for making the laws in some kinds of government

Parliament : a particular parliament; especially : the parliament of the United Kingdom that includes the House of Commons and the House of Lords

: the period of time during which a parliament is working

Full Definition of PARLIAMENT

:  a formal conference for the discussion of public affairs; specifically :  a council of state in early medieval England
a :  an assemblage of the nobility, clergy, and commons called together by the British sovereign as the supreme legislative body in the United Kingdom
b :  a similar assemblage in another nation or state
a :  the supreme legislative body of a usually major political unit that is a continuing institution comprising a series of individual assemblages
b :  the British House of Commons
:  one of several principal courts of justice existing in France before the Revolution of 1789

Examples of PARLIAMENT

  1. The parliament has authority over the armed forces.
  2. The issue was debated in Parliament.
  3. The law was passed in the present parliament.


Middle English, from Anglo-French parlement, from parler
First Known Use: 13th century

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PARLIAMENT Defined for Kids


noun par·lia·ment \ˈpär-lə-mənt\

Definition of PARLIAMENT for Kids

:  an assembly that is the highest legislative body of a country (as the United Kingdom)
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