Parliament Definition

pärlə-mənt
noun
An official or formal conference or council, usually concerned with government or public affairs.
Webster's New World
A representative body having supreme legislative powers within a state or multinational organization.
American Heritage
The national legislative body of Great Britain, composed of the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
Webster's New World
The body of persons who make up Parliament for the period between elections.
Webster's New World
Any of several similar bodies in other countries.
Webster's New World
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pronoun

Any of several parliaments of various countries.

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Other Word Forms of Parliament

Noun

Singular:
parliament
Plural:
parliaments

Origin of Parliament

  • From Medieval Latin parlamentum and its sources, Anglo-Norman and Old French parlement (“discussion, meeting, assembly, council"), from parler (“to speak"), and -ment (“medium").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English a meeting about national concerns from Old French parlement from parler to talk parley

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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