The British houses of parliament in London.
An example of parliament is the House of Commons and the House of Lords in the UK.
- an official or formal conference or council, usually concerned with government or public affairs
- the national legislative body of Great Britain, composed of the House of Commons and the House of Lords
- the body of persons who make up Parliament for the period between elections
- any of several similar bodies in other countries
- any of several high courts of justice in France before 1789
Origin of parliamentMiddle English parlament ; from Old French parlement ; from parler: see parley
- A representative body having supreme legislative powers within a state or multinational organization.
- Parliament The national legislature of the United Kingdom, made up of the House of Lords and the House of Commons.
Origin of parliamentMiddle English, a meeting about national concerns, from Old French parlement, from parler, to talk; see parley.
From Medieval Latin parlamentum and its sources, Anglo-Norman and Old French parlement (“discussion, meeting, assembly, council"), from parler (“to speak"), and -ment (“medium").
- Any of several parliaments of various countries.