Definition of parliament in English:


Syllabification: par·lia·ment
Pronunciation: /ˈpärləmənt


  • 1(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
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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 for a particular period, especially 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.
  • 1.2A legislature similar to 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.


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

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