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parliament Line breaks: par¦lia|ment
Pronunciation: /ˈpɑːləm(ə)nt/

Definition of parliament in English:


1 (Parliament) (In the UK) the highest legislature, consisting of the Sovereign, the House of Lords, and the House of Commons: the Secretary of State will lay proposals before Parliament an Act of Parliament
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  • If this does not occur, the next step is for the Parliament to have its second reading of the budget.
  • The annual budget only comes into force once the President of the Parliament has signed it.
  • The Parliament can request the Commission to draft legislation for debate in any area.
1.1The members of Parliament between one dissolution and the next: the act was passed by the last parliament of the reign
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  • I was delighted when we won the referendum and becoming a member of the parliament was the icing on the cake.
  • Members of a corrupt parliament are ready to make deals with whomsoever has anything to offer.
  • He has been a member of Parliament in five parliaments.
the Houses of Parliament, Westminster, the House of Commons, the House of Lords, the Commons, the Lords, the House, the Lower House, the Upper House, the Mother of Parliaments
1.2A legislature similar to the UK Parliament in other nations and states: the Russian parliament
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  • In practice the attention paid by national parliaments to EU market legislation is erratic and sporadic.
  • On internal matters, it allows for more democratic control by the national parliaments and the European Parliament.
  • Greater control by national parliaments and the European Parliament would represent a positive move.
legislature, legislative assembly, congress, senate, chamber, house, upper house, lower house, upper chamber, lower chamber, second chamber, convocation, diet, council, assembly, Chamber of Deputies


Middle English: from Old French parlement 'speaking', from the verb parler.

  • A parliament is historically just a talking shop. It originates from French parler ‘to talk’, which goes back to Latin parabola ‘word’ ( see parable). Parlour (Middle English), originally a place for speaking, comes from the same root.

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