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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Claudia Mo, a prodemocratic legislator, said at a news conference Wednesday. Austin Ramzy, BostonGlobe.com, "Soul searching among Hong Kong protesters after chaos at airport," 14 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, a Bay Area legislator has vowed to resurrect his stalled attempt imposing a $25 excise tax on the sale of handguns and semiautomatic weapons. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: California’s rent costs, privacy and vaccine rules take the spotlight in Sacramento," 12 Aug. 2019 Ex-House Speaker Jeff Hoover and two other men — one a current lawmaker, the other a former legislator — agreed to dismiss their suit against the woman, a former Republican staffer. Washington Post, "Lawsuit dropped in case stemming from harassment settlement," 10 Aug. 2019 Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear is waging an aggressive challenge against the unpopular incumbent, and after a primary where a freshman legislator raked in about 40% of the vote, Bevin needs more allies than enemies. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "On Politics: Gov. Matt Bevin's special session made peace with House GOP," 1 Aug. 2019 The task force originally intended to merge the Indianapolis school district with the 10 other school districts in the county, recalled John Mutz, who was a state legislator from Marion County at the time and helped draft the Unigov legislation. Peter Krouse, cleveland.com, "Achieving “Unigov” required political compromises in Indianapolis: Cleveland 2030, A Way Forward," 10 July 2019 Earlier this year, a bill banning conversion therapy for minors, sponsored by two Republican legislators, stalled in the state's legislature. Paul P. Murphy, CNN, "Utah's governor is regulating conversion therapy and that may help ban it in the state," 28 June 2019 But as the reality of what a legislator looks like evolves—as our representative bodies get less white, less male, and less straight—so too does our vision of a political spouse. Chloe Angyal, Marie Claire, "When Your Spouse Is a Politician, What Happens to You?," 27 June 2019 Culture Earlier this month legislators in Maine voted on a bill amendment that would guarantee incarcerated people access to menstrual products. Glamour, "Politician Votes Against Access to Pads and Tampons in Prison Because It’s Not ‘a Country Club’," 20 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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