par·​lia·​men·​tar·​i·​an | \ˌpär-lə-ˌmen-ˈter-ē-ən, -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

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The War Powers Act of 1973 allows for declaring a special privilege, essentially letting the matter come to a vote, and congressional parliamentarians said Khanna’s resolution met those requirements, a Democratic source said. Alex Ward, Vox, "House Republicans are trying to block a vote on the Yemen War," 14 Nov. 2018 The affair has also spurred a debate about what parts of a parliamentarian’s life are private and should be off-limits to media reporting. Jason Scott,, "Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Resigns After Sex Scandal," 23 Feb. 2018 Just days before the NATO summit, a delegation of parliamentarians from Lithuania, Ukraine, and Georgia was in Washington warning members of Congress of the dangers of Nord Stream II. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, "How strong a Europe does US want? In Trump era, that's still the issue.," 13 July 2018 May was scheduled to address all Tory parliamentarians at a meeting on Monday night. William Booth And Karla Adam,, "British PM Theresa May's government thrown into turmoil with surprise resignation of 'Brexit minister'," 9 July 2018 May was scheduled to address all Tory parliamentarians at a meeting later Monday. William Booth And Karla Adam, Washington Post, "Theresa May’s government in disarray after shock resignation by Brexit minister," 9 July 2018 Terry Campbell is press chair and Ollie Vick is parliamentarian. Joyce Rudolph,, "Community: Guild announces new leaders and financial pledge during tea," 19 June 2018 Martin has been parliamentarian for six years, standing beside Lt. Gillian Mcgoldrick,, "In the Pa. Senate, every day starts with a witty ditty," 12 July 2018 In a stiflingly hot chamber, as parliamentarians fanned their moist faces, Mr Macron sent two broad messages. The Economist, "Emmanuel Macron’s popularity hits a new low," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of parliamentarian

1642, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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- \

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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