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Black Rod Syllabification: Black Rod
Pronunciation: /ˌblak ˈräd/
(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.
Example sentences
  • 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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