lawmaker

noun
law·mak·er | \ˈlȯ-ˌmā-kər \

Definition of lawmaker 

: one who makes laws : legislator

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from lawmaker

lawmaking \ˈlȯ-ˌmā-kiŋ \ noun

Synonyms for lawmaker

Synonyms

lawgiver, legislator, solon

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of lawmaker in a Sentence

the state's lawmakers worked long into the night drafting a bill that would be acceptable to everyone

Recent Examples on the Web

In the case of GOP lawmakers and hopefuls caught between a conservative (read: pro-Trump) primary electorate and Democratic efforts to topple Republicans in November’s midterms, speaking out is somewhat of a gamble. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Ivanka Trump Said She'd Fight for Women. Where Is She on the Border Crisis?," 20 June 2018 Following school takeovers in Gary and Muncie by the state last year, lawmakers passed legislation in May requiring a concrete list of indicators to help prevent other schools from going down the same path. Meredith Colias-pete, Post-Tribune, "State works on identifying troubled school districts," 13 July 2018 But only weeks later, lawmakers passed a follow-up bill delaying the enforcement of criminal penalties for operating a ride without a state permit until this year. CBS News, "Verruckt waterslide, where 10-year-old boy died in 2016, to come down, park says," 12 July 2018 Once that court was under the party’s control, its lawmakers passed a series of measures aimed at other parts of the court system. Marc Santora, BostonGlobe.com, "Poland’s Supreme Court in disarray after judges defy purge," 4 July 2018 Once that court was under the party’s control, its lawmakers passed a series of measures aimed at other parts of the court system. Marc Santora, New York Times, "Poland’s Supreme Court in Disarray After Judges Defy Purge," 4 July 2018 The initiative’s main backer agreed to withdraw his proposal if lawmakers passed a compromise bill before a June 28 deadline to get the measure on California’s November ballot. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "The Cybersecurity 202: Big tech is going after California's new privacy law," 3 July 2018 State lawmakers passed legislation in May that would ban skin-care companies from selling and distributing sunscreens on the islands that contain two chemicals deemed damaging to coral reefs. Lindsey Bever, The Seattle Times, "Hawaii is about to ban popular sunscreen brands to protect its coral reefs," 2 July 2018 Soda companies got a respite last week from battling local taxes on sugary beverages, after California lawmakers grudgingly passed a 12-year ban on cities and counties imposing the levies. Melanie Mason, latimes.com, "Healthcare groups want California voters to tax soda," 2 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'lawmaker.' 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 lawmaker

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about lawmaker

Dictionary Entries near lawmaker

lawlike

law list

law lord

lawmaker

lawman

law merchant

lawn

Statistics for lawmaker

Last Updated

9 Oct 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for lawmaker

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for lawmaker

lawmaker

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lawmaker

: someone who makes laws

lawmaker

noun
law·mak·er | \ˈlȯ-ˌmā-kər \

Kids Definition of lawmaker

: someone who takes part in writing and passing laws : legislator

Other Words from lawmaker

lawmaking \-ˌmā-kiŋ \ adjective or noun Congress is the nation's lawmaking body.

lawmaker

noun
law·mak·er

Legal Definition of lawmaker 

: one that makes laws especially : legislator

Other Words from lawmaker

lawmaking noun

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on lawmaker

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

WORD OF THE DAY

evasion of direct action or statement

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

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

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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