law·​giv·​er | \ˈlȯ-ˌgi-vər \

Definition of lawgiver 

1 : one who gives a code of laws to a people

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for lawgiver


lawmaker, legislator, solon

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of lawgiver in a Sentence

political activists strenuously lobbied the state's lawgivers to expand the scope of the civil rights legislation

Recent Examples on the Web

That, in effect, allowed administrative agencies to displace Congress as America’s primary lawgiver. Peter J. Wallison, WSJ, "Kavanaugh May Restore Separation of Powers," 16 July 2018 This means that Facebook is a powerful sovereign and Mark Zuckerberg is the key lawgiver. Henry Farrell, Margaret Levi, Vox, "Mark Zuckerberg runs a nation-state, and he’s the king," 9 Apr. 2018 A journey to the central issue, a reconciliation with the Founding Fathers, the mythic lawgivers, the Dick Powers. J. D. Daniels, Esquire, "The Rollicking 2,000-Mile Route to America's Psychotic Core," 4 May 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'lawgiver.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of lawgiver

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about lawgiver

Dictionary Entries near lawgiver


lawful money

lawful rate




law lamb

Statistics for lawgiver

Last Updated

18 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for lawgiver

The first known use of lawgiver was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on lawgiver

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with lawgiver

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for lawgiver

Spanish Central: Translation of lawgiver

Nglish: Translation of lawgiver for Spanish Speakers

Comments on lawgiver

What made you want to look up lawgiver? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to move with a clumsy heavy tread

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!