par·​lia·​men·​tar·​i·​an | \ ˌpär-lə-ˌmen-ˈter-ē-ən How to pronounce parliamentarian (audio) , -mən- also ˌpärl-yə- \

Definition of parliamentarian

1 often capitalized : an adherent of the parliament in opposition to the king during the English Civil War
2 : an expert in the rules and usages of a deliberative assembly (such as a parliament)
3 : a member of a parliament

Examples of parliamentarian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Before becoming a parliamentarian, Alarcón served as foreign minister and twice Cuba’s ambassador to the United Nations: between 1966-1978 and between 1990-92. Andrea Rodriguez, ajc, 1 May 2022 The former state representative resigned in 2007 to become a lobbyist, then returned to the Statehouse as parliamentarian for then-House Speaker Brian Bosma in 2013, only to leave in 2015 to create his own lobbying firm. Tony Cook, The Indianapolis Star, 26 Apr. 2022 Inna Sovsun, a Ukrainian parliamentarian from the pro-European Golos Party, believes that the need for justice trumps negotiations to end the war. Dahlia Scheindlin, The New Republic, 18 Apr. 2022 Thompson, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, entered the building and went to the Senate parliamentarian’s office and stole a bottle of bourbon, authorities say. cleveland, 14 Apr. 2022 But Peter Beyer, the federal government’s coordinator for transatlantic cooperation and a parliamentarian with Germany’s Christian Democrats, criticized Scholz for not taking a bolder political decision. Washington Post, 23 Feb. 2022 Democrats had hoped to work a pathway to citizenship into the proposal, but the Senate parliamentarian, who must assess whether certain items are admissible under the rules governing passage of the package, has ruled against multiple efforts. Allison Pecorin, ABC News, 17 Dec. 2021 In February, British parliamentarian Chris Bryant called on UK gallery group Tate to revoke the honorary member status of Russian billionaire and Putin associate Viktor Vekselberg, reported the Guardian. CNN, 17 Mar. 2022 As the former chief of staff to Illya Ponomarev, the only Russian parliamentarian to vote against the annexation in 2014, Popova said she was pushed out from her native country after threats and pressure from the Russian government. Shwanika Narayan, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of parliamentarian

1642, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for parliamentarian

parliament + -arian

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par·​lia·​men·​tar·​i·​an | \ ˌpär-lə-ˌmen-ˈtar-ē-ən, ˌpärl-yə-, -mən- How to pronounce parliamentarian (audio) \

Legal Definition of parliamentarian

1 : an expert in the rules and usages of a parliament or other deliberative assembly specifically, often capitalized : an officer of a legislative body acting as adviser on matters of procedure

Note: The parliamentarian of the U.S. House of Representatives is appointed by the Speaker of the House. The Secretary of the Senate appoints the Senate's parliamentarian with approval of the majority leader.

2 : a member of a parliament


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