parliamentarian

noun par·lia·men·tar·i·an \ ˌpär-lə-ˌmen-ˈter-ē-ən , -mən- also ˌpärl-yə- \
Updated on: 12 Apr 2018

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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First Known Use of parliamentarian

1642

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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PARLIAMENTARIAN Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of parliamentarian for English Language Learners

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


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parliamentarian

noun 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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