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

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 Reared on a local dairy farm, former Scottsdale city councilman (1971-76), state legislator (1979-85) and honored oral historian Paul Messinger founded Messinger Mortuaries in 1959. Paul Messinger, The Arizona Republic, 18 June 2022 But a former state legislator, Daniel Squadron, who had sought to strengthen art market regulations in Albany, said that such restrictions were useful. New York Times, 3 May 2022 The long-serving Utah legislator had a deep impact on both of the state’s current senators, who recounted Hatch’s legislative legacy, loyalty and friendship throughout the years. Daedan Olander, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Apr. 2022 The Republican legislator challenging Gov. Gavin Newsom’s reelection has an unusual record in Sacramento. Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 25 Feb. 2022 This includes a new bathroom bill in Arizona, brought by the same Republican legislator behind the original 2013 ban. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, 17 Feb. 2022 Berry was a Civil War officer, lawyer, Arkansas legislator, speaker of the state House of Representatives and circuit judge for the 4th Judicial District. Mike Jones, Arkansas Online, 15 Jan. 2022 Lawmakers have not yet suggested rewriting the rules for recalling a legislator, which already carries a higher bar for qualifying than a statewide officer. Alexei Koseff, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Oct. 2021 The state legislator who’s led the charge to lure the Washington Commanders to Virginia gave up the fight Thursday, saying the latest controversy surrounding the team has proved too much to overcome. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, 9 June 2022 See More

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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 29 Jun. 2022.

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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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