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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Synonyms for parliament

Synonyms

congress

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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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Keitaro Ohno, a leading defense official in Japan’s parliament, told me and a small group of US reporters in his Tokyo office on Tuesday that the government will announce the decision during a rollout of new defense guidelines next week. Alex Ward, Vox, "Japan plans to purchase nearly 150 F-35 fighter jets from the US," 12 Dec. 2018 Canada’s parliament voted to legalise the recreational use of cannabis. The Economist, "Politics this week," 21 June 2018 The country’s parliament voted 75 to 30 to implement a law that prohibits wearing veils in public, the BBC reported. Abigail Abrams, Time, "Denmark Just Became the Latest European Country to Ban Burqas And Niqabs," 1 June 2018 Political power in Iraq is traditionally divided along sectarian lines among the offices of prime minister, president and parliament speaker. NBC News, "Muqtada al-Sadr's coalition takes early lead in Iraqi elections," 14 May 2018 Most pollsters say Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will win a second five-year term in a general election that began on Thursday to elect parliament’s lower house. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Modi’s Reform Disappointment," 14 Apr. 2019 Local authorities in Aden, who are allied with the United Arab Emirates, refused to allow parliament to convene there. Ahmed Al-haj, The Seattle Times, "Yemen’s parliament convenes, elects speaker," 13 Apr. 2019 Five years later, the tiny East African country of almost 12 million made headlines for being the first in history to achieve a female majority parliament, with 56 percent. Caterina Clerici & Eléonore Hamelin, Marie Claire, "Rwanda's Future Is Female," 1 Feb. 2019 In 2007, he was elected to parliament on the ticket of the nationalist LDPR party, which has strong Kremlin ties. Greg Norman, Fox News, "Russians accused of crimes abroad finding fame in their homeland," 13 Sep. 2018

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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

noun

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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