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

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Recent Examples on the Web Mary James Gill, a former parliamentarian who runs the Sweepers are Superheroes advocacy group, has lobbied for years to pressure the government to formally ban manual sewage cleaning work. New York Times, "Sewer Cleaners Wanted in Pakistan: Only Christians Need Apply.," 4 May 2020 In Australia, for example, a loose coalition of electronics store owners, ecologists, mining profiteers, and parliamentarians (with some overlap between these categories) has assembled to push the agenda for a smaller, whiter country. Aaron Timms, The New Republic, "Making Life Cheap," 18 May 2020 Singh later attended parliament, fueling fears that a number of Indian parliamentarians, too, may have been exposed to coronavirus. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "The Nizamuddin meet wasn’t the only instance of callousness in India amid the Covid-19 scare," 1 Apr. 2020 Samuel Pepys, 1665, English diarist, parliamentarian, on the bubonic plague Related: Why did the plague doctors wear such strange beak-nosed masks? National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 30 Mar. 2020 Two of those parliamentarians, as well as two former high-ranking diplomats and a member of an advisory council to Iran’s supreme leader, have been killed by it. The Economist, "Sickly state Iran has let its covid-19 outbreak get out of hand," 12 Mar. 2020 Being president of the Senate at the time, Gretchen helped me be a better parliamentarian. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "Whitmer's turn in coronavirus spotlight brings national attention to Michigan," 26 Apr. 2020 Forty-seven per cent of its parliamentarians are female, one of the highest shares in the world. Ms Marin is the third woman to become prime minister. The Economist, "Finland’s new prime minister is the world’s youngest," 11 Dec. 2019 During his previous time on the board, Engelage served as parliamentarian from 2010-11, secretary from 2011-12, vice president from 2012-13 and president from 2013-14. Savannah Mehrtens, Houston Chronicle, "Humble ISD Board of Trustees unanimously vote to appoint new member," 14 Apr. 2020

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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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“Parliamentarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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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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