legislator

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

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 legislator (audio) \ adjective
legislatorship \ ˈle-​jə-​ˌslā-​tər-​ˌship How to pronounce legislator (audio) \ noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web McClellan issued a statement noting that, as a legislator, she was prohibited from raising money during the 46-day General Assembly session that adjourned March 1. Washington Post, "McAuliffe holds fundraising lead in race for Virginia governor," 16 Apr. 2021 As a state legislator, Steinberg led a successful ballot measure to generate more than $2 billion a year for mental health care, through a tax on millionaires and billionaires. James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, "As protesters on left and right target public servants at home, one city pushes back," 11 Apr. 2021 Representative Joanna McClinton currently represents Philadelphia in the Pennsylvania State House and her experience as a legislator has motivated her to champion the issue of ending prison gerrymandering in the state. Kiran Misra, The New Republic, "Mass Incarceration Draws Its Own Maps and Creates a Country in Its Image," 1 Apr. 2021 He was also re-elected three times as a state legislator and three times as a commissioner. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, "Who is Mo Brooks? Republican running for U.S. Senate to replace Richard Shelby," 22 Mar. 2021 As a Republican state legislator, Pak sponsored a version of the proposal. Chris Joyner, ajc, "Charges for accused mass shooter could include hate crimes, experts say," 17 Mar. 2021 Her allies argue that the shift sprang from Ms. Sinema’s desire to play a productive role as a legislator. New York Times, "Kyrsten Sinema and the Thumbs-Down That Enraged the Left," 7 Mar. 2021 Peterson is a veteran legislator who spent eight years as the state's Democratic Party chairwoman, while Carter is also a state lawmaker and former New Orleans city councilman. Eric Bradner, CNN, "Louisiana runoff tests direction of Democratic base three months into Biden's presidency," 24 Apr. 2021 Wilkinson left Coke and became a Republican legislator, representing a conservative corner of the Atlanta metro area in the Georgia House from 2001 to 2017. Charles Bethea, The New Yorker, "Georgia’s Voting Laws and Coca-Cola’s Complicated History," 19 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of legislator was circa 1513

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“Legislator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legislator. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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 legislator (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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