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 Kingdomb : 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 assemblagesb : the British House of Commons
4 : one of several principal courts of justice existing in France before the Revolution of 1789
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.
Recent Examples of parliament from the Web
Opposition lawmakers remained in the parliament chamber.
The Hungarian parliament tightened its higher education law two months ago in a vote widely seen as an attempt to close Central European University founded by Soros, a Hungarian-American financier.
On 23 June, the State Duma—one of the two chambers of the Russian parliament—passed the first draft of a new law that would give president Vladimir Putin the final say in the elections for RAS's presidency.
Eighteen political parties are running for 140 seats in parliament in Sunday’s vote.
Greens Senator @larissawaters just became the first woman in Australian parliament to give a speech while breast feeding.
A prince regent, Otto's uncle Luitpold, took over for Otto, ruling from 1886 to 1912, followed by a cousin, Ludwig, who quickly got the Bavarian parliament to depose Otto and declare himself king.
Japan passes law to let emperor abdicate Japan's parliament has passed a law allowing its emperor to abdicate the throne.
Prior to that election, Corbyn had been a member of parliament (MP) for more than 30 years, representing the London constituency of Islington.
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Origin and Etymology of parliament
Middle English, from Anglo-French parlement, from parler
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
PARLIAMENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of parliament for English Language Learners
: the group of people who are responsible for making the laws in some kinds of government
Parliament : 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of parliament for Students
: an assembly that is the highest legislative body of a country (as the United Kingdom)
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
Origin and Etymology of parliament
Anglo-French parlement conference, council, parliament, from parler to speak
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