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 legislatorial (audio) \ adjective
legislatorship \ ˈle-​jə-​ˌslā-​tər-​ˌship How to pronounce legislatorship (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 The legislation is co-sponsored by four female legislators. USA TODAY, "Expulsion at end of rainbow, Benedict Arnold, Batman thief: News from around our 50 states," 15 Jan. 2020 Cooper vetoed the December 2018 law, but two Democratic legislators joined all Republicans voting to override the veto. NBC News, "Federal judge to block latest North Carolina voter ID mandate," 27 Dec. 2019 California Freelance Writers United has met with legislators and is creating a website and organizing its social media presence to combat the law, which goes into effect Jan. 1. Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, "Freelance Journalists Sue California Ahead of Gig Worker Law," 17 Dec. 2019 The process is called ‘natural organic reduction’ and was greenlit by legislators in Washington, the first state set to have a human decomposition site in one of its major cities (Seattle). Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Human Composting Wants To Make Death More Green," 10 Dec. 2019 So far, two state legislators have introduced bills that would outlaw seclusion of any kind. Jennifer Smith Richards, ProPublica, "Illinois Will Allow Prone, Supine Restraints on Children While Schools Learn to Phase Them Out," 5 Dec. 2019 Bridenstine, who was appointed by Trump to run the space agency, has nevertheless received plaudits from both Republican and Democratic legislators for a bipartisan approach. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "A House budget committee has likely killed the 2024 Moon landing," 16 Oct. 2019 Congressional trailblazers There are currently 42 Hispanic members in Congress, the largest class of Hispanic legislators in history. National Geographic, "Everything you need to know about Hispanic Heritage Month," 4 Oct. 2019 Several Democratic legislators say the flavorings have fueled the rise of e-cigarettes by enticing young adults to vape. Joseph O’sullivan, The Seattle Times, "Washington lawmakers, health officials weigh responses to lung illnesses linked to e-cigarettes, vaping," 24 Sep. 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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The first known use of legislator was circa 1513

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19 Jan 2020

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“Legislator.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legislator. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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legislator

noun
How to pronounce legislator (audio) How to pronounce legislator (audio)

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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