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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Prime Minister Theresa May has offered concessions to parliamentarians, including a short delay of Brexit. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "Companies Weigh Data-Privacy Risks Ahead of Brexit," 12 Mar. 2019 Williams was president of the Chicago metropolitan chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and Johnson was its parliamentarian. Hal Dardick,, "Police superintendent's wife files complaint with department over alleged cheating on exam," 7 June 2018 Last October, European parliamentarians voted to cut the regulatory cap on vehicle carbon emissions in 2030 by 40% relative to the 2021 target. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Lobbying Is Dead, Says Lobbying Boss," 7 Mar. 2019 Worldwide, just 22 percent of all national parliamentarians were female as of January 2015, according to the U.N. 5. Megan Friedman, Marie Claire, "14 Ways Women Still Aren't Equal to Men," 6 Nov. 2018 Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday agreed to a delay of Britain’s exit from the bloc if parliamentarians reject her withdrawal agreement again, a step that was widely interpreted as making a no-deal Brexit less likely. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "U.K. Companies Risk Ratings Downgrades in Case of No-Deal Brexit," 28 Feb. 2019 Now the Lithuanian government wants Venckiene, a former judge and parliamentarian, back to face charges. Ted Gregory,, "Suburban woman who fears persecution for exposing corruption in Lithuania fails to convince judge to halt extradition," 12 July 2018 Supporters cited his 25-year career as a parliamentarian as evidence of his commitment and self-restraint — in contrast to some of the country’s more power-hungry political leaders. Krishan Francis, The Seattle Times, "Calm opposition leader wins Maldives presidency amid storm," 24 Sep. 2018 The company survey suggests the 16 billion-pound ($22 billion) project is supported by 75 percent of parliamentarians, Chief Executive Officer John Holland-Kaye said Tuesday. Christopher Jasper,, "Heathrow Confident of Getting Its New Runway Past Parliament," 1 May 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- 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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