parliament

noun
par·​lia·​ment | \ ˈpär-lə-mənt How to pronounce parliament (audio) also ˈpärl-yə- How to pronounce parliament (audio) \

Definition of parliament

1 : a formal conference for the discussion of public affairs specifically : a council of state in early medieval England
2a : an assemblage of the nobility, clergy, and commons called together by the British sovereign as the supreme legislative body in the United Kingdom
b : a similar assemblage in another nation or state
3a : the supreme legislative body of a usually major political unit that is a continuing institution comprising a series of individual assemblages
b : the British House of Commons
4 : one of several principal courts of justice existing in France before the Revolution of 1789

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Examples of parliament in a Sentence

The parliament has authority over the armed forces. The issue was debated in Parliament. The law was passed in the present parliament.
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Recent Examples on the Web Iraq’s parliament voted in favor of expelling U.S. troops, prompting the U.S. to threaten sanctions if forced to leave. Benoit Faucon, WSJ, "U.S. Plans to Renew Sanctions Waiver on Iraq’s Imports of Iranian Power," 6 Feb. 2020 Kosovo’s parliament on Monday voted in a new prime minister after nearly four months of talks between the country’s two main parties. Washington Post, "Trump’s envoy urges Kosovo to drop taxes on Serbian goods," 4 Feb. 2020 In response to a public outcry over the U.S. airstrike, Iraq’s parliament passed a non-binding resolution this month, calling on the government to expel foreign troops from the country. Time, "Hundreds Gather in Baghdad to Demand American Troops Leave," 24 Jan. 2020 Though such debate is a feature of Haitian life, the country’s parliament is silent. The Economist, "Gourdean knot Jovenel Moïse tries to govern Haiti without a parliament," 18 Jan. 2020 Hoffman said despite the vote in Iraq’s parliament, the Pentagon believes the consensus in Iraq is that the U.S. presence there is a force for good. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Senators worry Trump will end counterterrorism missions in Africa," 17 Jan. 2020 The country’s parliament later voted to expel U.S. forces, and thousands of protesters turned out in Baghdad and southern Iraq demanded the U.S. as well as Iran leave the country. NBC News, "U.S. restarts counter-ISIS operations paused after Soleimani killing," 16 Jan. 2020 South Africa’s parliament passed a Copyright Amendment Bill in 2018 that president Cyril Ramaphosa has yet to sign into law. Daniel Friedman, Billboard, "South African Music Rights Agency Partners With Tech Firm to Boost Streaming Collections," 15 Jan. 2020 The group, which has no representation in the country’s parliament, was ordered to issue correction notices on Facebook posts that the government said contained false claims about the displacement of Singaporean white-collar workers by foreigners. Mary Hui, Quartz, "Singapore’s fake news law is facing its first real challenge in court," 14 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of parliament

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for parliament

Middle English, from Anglo-French parlement, from parler

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The first known use of parliament was in the 13th century

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“Parliament.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parliament. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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parliament

noun
How to pronounce parliament (audio) How to pronounce parliament (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of parliament

: the group of people who are responsible for making the laws in some kinds of government
: a particular parliament especially : the parliament of the United Kingdom that includes the House of Commons and the House of Lords
: the period of time during which a parliament is working

parliament

noun
par·​lia·​ment | \ ˈpär-lə-mənt How to pronounce parliament (audio) \

Kids Definition of parliament

: an assembly that is the highest legislative body of a country (as the United Kingdom)

parliament

noun
par·​lia·​ment | \ ˈpär-lə-mənt, ˈpärl-yə- How to pronounce parliament (audio) \

Legal Definition of parliament

1a : an assemblage of the nobility, clergy, and commons called together by the British sovereign as the supreme legislative body in the United Kingdom
b : a similar assemblage in another nation or state
2 : the supreme legislative body of a usually major political unit that is a continuing institution comprising a series of individual assemblages

History and Etymology for parliament

Anglo-French parlement conference, council, parliament, from parler to speak

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