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 Not surprisingly, EPSCoR is hugely popular among legislators from those states. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "How Congress could reverse cuts in Trump’s budget request for NSF," 13 Feb. 2020 An IndyStar investigation published in February revealed a secretive employment deal with a temp agency, in which Paul had been paid more than $150,000 to push the agenda of the Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs among legislators. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "Former lawmaker won't face lobbying charges. Marion County Prosecutor won't detail why.," 13 Jan. 2020 Mr Parra, previously little known, was among the ten legislators suspended by the opposition. The Economist, "Bello A crude attempt to stifle what’s left of Venezuela’s democracy," 11 Jan. 2020 Among the legislators celebrating Soleimani's death was Ben Sasse, a Republican from Nebraska. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Rand Paul: Fellow GOP senator thinking like 'grade-school' child on Iran conflict," 7 Jan. 2020 The law emerged from a deal in 2018 among legislators, privacy advocates and industry groups that wanted to head off a more sweeping proposal that San Francisco real estate developer Alastair Mactaggart had qualified for the ballot. Alexei Koseff, SFChronicle.com, "Consumer privacy, rent control and gig work: 20 new laws that will reshape California," 31 Dec. 2019 District 24 covers the northwest corner of Galveston County and the state legislator for that area is Friendswood’s Greg Bonnen. John Delapp, Houston Chronicle, "Filing period for March primaries in Galveston County comes to a close," 13 Dec. 2019 At worst, this was a political misdemeanor, especially considering that more than half of the legislators who voted to impeach her were themselves under criminal indictment for offenses ranging from murder to owning slaves. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "The Fracturing of Brazil in “The Edge of Democracy”," 13 Dec. 2019 But truck-only tolls would likely be more palatable both to the public and among Democratic legislators, some of whom worry that a vote for highway tolls could doom their reelection chances. Russell Blair, courant.com, "Capitol Week in Review: Truck-only tolls and colleagues mourn Rep. Linda Orange," 22 Nov. 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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16 Feb 2020

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“Legislator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legislatorships. Accessed 22 Feb. 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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