legislator

noun
leg·​is·​la·​tor | \ ˈle-jə-ˌslā-ˌtȯr How to pronounce legislator (audio) , -ˌslā-tər also ˌle-jə-ˈslā-ˌtȯr How to pronounce legislator (audio) \

Definition of legislator

: one that makes laws especially for a political unit especially : a member of a legislative body

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Other Words from legislator

legislatorial \ ˌle-​jə-​slə-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​əl How to pronounce legislatorial (audio) \ adjective
legislatorship \ ˈle-​jə-​ˌslā-​tər-​ˌship How to pronounce legislatorship (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for legislator

Synonyms

lawgiver, lawmaker, solon

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Examples of legislator in a Sentence

Write to your state legislator. the legislators met in an all-night session to hammer out the details of the bill

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In the weeks leading up to his campaign announcement, Joe faced a series of claims of reportedly inappropriately touching—and in one instance, kissing—various women, including Lucy Flores, a former legislator from Nevada. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Why Jill Biden Might Just Be Joe Biden's Greatest Political Asset," 25 Apr. 2019 Many legislators were clearly unhappy about being compelled to vote for substitute measures, especially the one barring new taxes on soft drinks, and some called it extortion. Dan Walters, SFChronicle.com, "Genteel extortion cancels 3 California ballot measures," 3 July 2018 In Iowa's 1st Congressional District, former state legislator Abby Finkenauer held off three other candidates to win her Democratic primary in Iowa. Annie Grayer And Grace Sparks, CNN, "Record numbers of women are running, but how many can win?," 11 June 2018 Kyrsten Sinema is the likely Democratic nominee, and the top two Republican candidates are women—Representative Martha McSally and former state legislator Kelli Ward. David Ingold, Bloomberg.com, "Women Make Gains on Biggest Primary Night of Election Season," 5 June 2018 But there's an explanation for the odd distribution of schools, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Government Relations Coordinator Charles Jeter, a former state legislator. Ann Doss Helms, charlotteobserver, "Why are these 35 CMS schools targeted for extra money in NC budget? Think election.," 29 May 2018 With 94 percent of the vote in, Randolph was ahead of former state legislator Doug Stoner. Anastaciah Ondieki, ajc, "PSC races headed to November without runoffs," 23 May 2018 Congressman Raul Labrador, who placed second in the Republican primary with 63,478 votes (32.6 percent), also received financial support from a number of Idaho legislators, as well as several of his congressional colleagues. William L. Spence, idahostatesman, "Idaho governor candidates spent $11 million trying to get your votes," 19 June 2018 Members of Congress, state legislators and many local officials are elected by voters who are grouped this way. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "When Does Political Gerrymandering Cross the Line?," 15 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of legislator

circa 1513, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for legislator

Latin legis lator, literally, proposer of a law, from legis (genitive of lex law) + lator proposer, from ferre (past participle latus) to carry, propose — more at tolerate, bear

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legislator

noun

English Language Learners Definition of legislator

: a person who makes laws : a member of a legislature

legislator

noun
leg·​is·​la·​tor | \ ˈle-jə-ˌslā-ˌtȯr How to pronounce legislator (audio) , -ˌslā-tər\

Kids Definition of legislator

: a person who makes laws and is a member of a legislature

legislator

noun
leg·​is·​la·​tor | \ ˈle-jəs-ˌlā-tər, -ˌtȯr How to pronounce legislator (audio) \

Legal Definition of legislator

: a person who makes laws especially for a political unit especially : a member of a legislative body

Other Words from legislator

legislatorial \ ˌle-​jəs-​lə-​ˈtōr-​ē-​əl How to pronounce legislatorial (audio) \ adjective
legislatorship noun

History and Etymology for legislator

Latin legis lator, literally, proposer of a law, from legis (genitive of lex law) + lator proposer, from ferre (past participle latus) to carry, propose

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