Definition of Black Rod in English:

Black Rod

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(in full Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod)


  • (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.
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    • 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.

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