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

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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The legislators will be looking for co-sponsors to sign on to the bill. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bill on deck to raise price of Wisconsin waterfowl stamp," 7 Sep. 2019 And just as there is wide agreement that the Twin Cities have an affordable housing problem, there is also wide agreement on its causes: excessive fees and regulations imposed by state and local legislators. John Phelan, Twin Cities, "John Phelan: Affordable housing is rare because it’s illegal to build," 1 Sep. 2019 The bill was introduced as the centerpiece of a package of charter restriction bills by Democratic legislators, and immediately set off an intense public debate. Ricardo Cano, The Mercury News, "California charter schools, unions call a truce in an epic battle as Newsom brokers a deal," 29 Aug. 2019 State legislators in New York and Hawaii have already introduced similar bans, with more states expected to follow, said P.J. Smith, fashion policy director at the Humane Society of the United States. Glendale News-Press, "As California considers a fur ban, many in L.A. cling to their minks," 29 Aug. 2019 But a governing body that not so long ago was accused by state legislators of being old-fashioned and inflexible has become more daring with age. Buddy Collings, orlandosentinel.com, "FHSAA kicks off use of new system for awarding playoff bids," 22 Aug. 2019 Amid the #MeToo movement and heightened awareness of inappropriate behavior in Springfield, Gov. J.B. Pritzker earlier this month signed sweeping anti-harassment legislation passed by legislators in the spring without opposition in either chamber. Ray Long, chicagotribune.com, "Report finds sexual harassment, inappropriate behavior and bullying widespread in Springfield; House Speaker Michael Madigan takes responsibility ‘for not doing enough’," 20 Aug. 2019 Most in attendance agreed gun violence is a public health crisis that needs to be addressed immediately by legislators. Lillian Reed, baltimoresun.com, "‘This plaza should be full’: Cummings, activists rally for gun safety in light of mass shootings, high homicide rate," 18 Aug. 2019 The bill that Winfree and her colleagues helped author was sponsored by several Democratic legislators and ultimately died in committee. NBC News, "How #MeToo is changing sex ed policies, even in red states," 8 Aug. 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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