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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Biden’s plagiarism recalled his flat-out theft of a speech by far-left British parliamentarian Neil Kinnock in 1987. Deroy Murdock, National Review, "Waiting to Exhale: Biden’s $1.7 Trillion Anti-CO2 Tax Hike," 7 June 2019 Ownership of the island changed hands many times over the centuries, until the parliamentarian John St. Aubyn purchased it in 1659. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Calling All Green Thumbs! A Legendary British Island Is Looking to Hire a Resident Gardener," 5 June 2019 The decision may be left to the Senate parliamentarian. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Senate plans bipartisan effort to blocks Saudi arms deals," 4 June 2019 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, Fox News, "Calm opposition leader wins Maldives presidency amid storm," 24 Sep. 2018 Under the deal orchestrated by EN+’s board chairman, former U.K. parliamentarian Lord Barker of Battle, Mr. Deripaska agreed with shareholders to reduce his stake in Rusal’s holding company to 44.95.% from 70%. Ian Talley, WSJ, "Mnuchin Defends Plan to Remove Russian Aluminum Giant From Sanctions Blacklist," 10 Jan. 2019 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

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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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