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 But first, Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough was expected at any time to reveal whether that chamber's rules would allow the minimum wage provision to remain in that bill. Alan Fram, ajc, "White House seems averse to Senate minimum wage power play," 26 Feb. 2021 The parliamentarian, by the way, is a legal adviser to the Senate who interprets the body's rules and procedures. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for February 25: Covid, stimulus, immigration, Australia, CIA probe," 25 Feb. 2021 Is the parliamentarian’s ruling final or can it be challenged? Kristina Peterson, WSJ, "Meet the Senate Parliamentarian, Key Figure in Minimum-Wage Debate," 24 Feb. 2021 The Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough is the nonpartisan official whose position is to interpret which policies comply with the Byrd rule. Salena Zito, Washington Examiner, "West Virginia's Joe Manchin will keep Senate's 'Byrd rule' flying," 17 Feb. 2021 But that will ultimately be up to the Senate parliamentarian. Anchorage Daily News, "Biden faces questions about commitment to minimum wage hike," 16 Feb. 2021 But that will ultimately be up to the Senate parliamentarian. Alexandra Jaffe,, "Activists worry about Biden’s commitment to a higher minimum wage," 15 Feb. 2021 The parliamentarian may decide, as Sinema has, that the minimum wage hike doesn’t qualify as something that could be passed through reconciliation. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, "Call Kyrsten Sinema’s Bluff," 13 Feb. 2021 But Psaki also noted that the Senate parliamentarian has the final say on whether the minimum-wage hike survives in the final package. Kevin Freling, Alan Fram And Josh Boak, Star Tribune, "$15 wage could ease poverty, add to debt," 8 Feb. 2021

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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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English Language Learners Definition of parliamentarian

: a member of a parliament especially : a member who knows a lot about the way things are done in a parliament


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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