Definitions for Parliamentˈpɑr lə mənt; sometimes ˈpɑrl yə-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

par•lia•mentˈpɑr lə mənt; sometimes ˈpɑrl yə-(n.)

  1. (cap.) the national legislature of Great Britain, consisting of the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

    Category: Government

  2. (cap.) the national legislature of certain former British colonies and possessions.

    Category: Government

  3. (cap.) the national legislature in various other countries.

    Category: Government

  4. any of several high courts of justice in France before 1789.

    Category: Western History

  5. an assembly on public or national affairs.

Origin of parliament:

1250–1300; ME: discourse, consultation, Parliament < AL parliamentum, alter. of ML parlāmentum < OF parlement a speaking, conference <parler to speak; see parley

Princeton's WordNet

  1. parliament(noun)

    a legislative assembly in certain countries

  2. fantan, sevens, parliament(noun)

    a card game in which you play your sevens and other cards in sequence in the same suit as the sevens; you win if you are the first to use all your cards

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. parliament(noun)ˈpɑr lə mənt; sometimes ˈpɑrl yə-

    a group of elected people who decide how a country should be run

    a discussion in parliament

Wiktionary

  1. parliament(Noun)

    An institution whose elected or appointed members meet to debate the major political issues of the day and usually to exercise legislative powers and sometimes judicial powers.

  2. parliament(Noun)

    A collective noun for a flock of owls or rooks.

  3. parliament(Noun)

    Parliament cake; a type of gingerbread.

  4. Parliament(ProperNoun)

    Any of several parliaments of various countries.

  5. Origin: From parlamentum and its sources, and parlement, from parler, and -ment.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Parliament(noun)

    a parleying; a discussion; a conference

  2. Parliament(noun)

    a formal conference on public affairs; a general council; esp., an assembly of representatives of a nation or people having authority to make laws

  3. Parliament(noun)

    the assembly of the three estates of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, viz., the lords spiritual, lords temporal, and the representatives of the commons, sitting in the House of Lords and the House of Commons, constituting the legislature, when summoned by the royal authority to consult on the affairs of the nation, and to enact and repeal laws

  4. Parliament(noun)

    in France, before the Revolution of 1789, one of the several principal judicial courts

Freebase

  1. Parliament

    A parliament is a legislature whose power and function are similar to those dictated by the Westminster system of the United Kingdom. More generally, "parliament" may simply refer to a democratic government's legislature. The term is derived from the French parlement, the action of parler: a parlement is a discussion. The term came to mean a meeting at which such a discussion took place. It acquired its modern meaning as it came to be used for the body of people who would meet to discuss matters of state. Generally, a parliament has three functions: representation, legislation and parliamentary control.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Parliament

    is the name of the great legislative council of Britain representing the three estates of the realm—Clergy, Lords, and Commons. The Clergy are represented in the Upper House by the archbishops and bishops of sees founded prior to 1846, in number 26; the rest of the Upper House comprises the dukes, marquises, earls, viscounts, and barons of the peerage of Great Britain who sit in virtue of their titles, and representatives of the Scotch and Irish peerages elected for life; the total membership is over 550; the House of Lords may initiate any bill not a money bill, it does not deal with financial measures at all except to give its formal assent; it also revises bills passed by the Commons, and may reject these. Of late years this veto has come to be exercised only in cases where it seems likely that the Commons do not retain the confidence of the people, having thus the effect of referring the question for the decision of the constituencies. The Lords constitute the final court of appeal in all legal questions, but in exercising this function only those who hold or have held high judicial office take part. The House of Commons comprises 670 representatives of the people; its members represent counties, divisions of counties, burghs, wards of burghs, and universities, and are elected by owners of land and by occupiers of land or buildings of £10 annual rental who are commoners, males, of age, and not disqualified by unsoundness of mind, conviction for crime, or receipt of parochial relief. The Commons initiates most of the legislation, deals with bills already initiated and passed by the Lords, inquires into all matters of public concern, discusses and determines imperial questions, and exercises the sole right to vote supplies of money. To become law bills must pass the successive stages of first and second reading, committee, and third reading in both Houses, and receive the assent of the sovereign, which has not been refused for nearly two centuries.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Parliament' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1027

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Parliament' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1783

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Parliament' in Nouns Frequency: #445


Translations for Parliament

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

parliament(noun)

the highest law-making council of a nation– in Britain, the House of Commons and the House of Lords, considered together

an Act of Parliament.

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