(in full Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod)
Definition of Black Rod in English:
(In the UK) the chief usher of the Lord Chamberlain’s department of the royal household, who is also usher to the House of Lords.
- A message from Her Excellency the Governor-General desiring the immediate attendance of honourable members in the Legislative Council Chamber was delivered by the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod.
- The Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod announced the arrival of Her Majesty's Commissioners.
- ‘We in parliament were all very impressed by the way Black Rod handled the funeral.’
mid 17th century: so named because of the black wand carried as a symbol of office.
Definition of Black Rod in:
- US English dictionary