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 Greene is one of many freshmen GOP lawmakers who seems more interested in being an influencer of some kind than a legislator. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Everyone Wins If the Republicans Banish Marjorie Taylor Greene—Including Her," 3 Feb. 2021 Those rules are woven into Mr. Biden’s bones, a byproduct of nearly half a century as a legislator. New York Times, "Biden Won’t Budge on the Senate Filibuster. Why Aren’t Progressives Pushing Him?," 27 Jan. 2021 Robinson recently was elected secretary of the Tennessee Black Caucus and has billed the state for 10 times more in legislative travel expenses than any other state legislator since taking office in 2019. Vivian Jones, Washington Examiner, "New federal fraud, money laundering charges against Tennessee state senator," 20 Jan. 2021 More than a legislator, Gary Knopp was a husband, father, son, brother, grandfather, and friend. Fox News, "Alaska midair collision kills GOP state lawmaker, 6 others," 1 Aug. 2020 More than a legislator, Gary Knopp was a husband, father, son, brother, grandfather, and friend. Mark Thiessen, USA TODAY, "7 dead, including Alaska state lawmaker, after 2 small airplanes collide in midair," 1 Aug. 2020 More than a legislator, Gary Knopp was a husband, father, son, brother, grandfather, and friend. Mark Thiessen, Star Tribune, "Midair collision kills state legislator, 6 others in Alaska," 31 July 2020 Orfield, a law professor and former DFL legislator, said Kashkari refused his requests to reveal what constitutional law experts were consulted in preparing the amendment's language. Patrick Condon, Star Tribune, "Page Amendment backers renew push for constitutional fix to school equity gap," 1 Feb. 2021 A decade after leaving public service, the former state legislator from Shaker Heights and Cuyahoga County Commissioner is now busy reading scripts, not resolutions, auditioning instead of campaigning. cleveland, "Politician turned actor Peter Lawson Jones lands guest-starring gig on ‘Chicago Fire,’ eyes bigger roles in movies, TV," 24 Jan. 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 3 Mar. 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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