Chiltern Hundreds

plural noun
Chil·​tern Hundreds | \ ˌchiltə(r)n- \

Definition of Chiltern Hundreds

: a nominal appointment granted by the British crown that serves as a legal fiction to enable a member of Parliament to relinquish his or her seat

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History and Etymology for Chiltern Hundreds

from Chiltern Hundreds, three hundreds in the Chiltern hills of England appointment to the stewardship of which is a disqualification for membership in Parliament

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“Chiltern Hundreds.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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