What does parliament mean?

Definitions for parliament
ˈpɑr lə mənt; sometimes ˈpɑrl yə-par·lia·ment

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. parliamentnoun

    a legislative assembly in certain countries

  2. fantan, sevens, parliamentnoun

    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

Wiktionary

  1. parliamentnoun

    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. parliamentnoun

    A collective noun for a flock of owls or rooks.

  3. parliamentnoun

    Parliament cake; a type of gingerbread.

  4. Parliamentnoun

    Any of several parliaments of various countries.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PARLIAMENTnoun

    In England, is the assembly of the king and three estates of the realm; namely, the lords spiritual, the lords temporal, and commons, for the debating of matters touching the commonwealth, especially the making and correcting of laws; which assembly or court is, of all others, the highest, and of greatest authority. John Cowell

    Etymology: parliamentum, low Lat. parlement, Fr.

    The king is fled to London,
    To call a present court of parliament. William Shakespeare.

    Far be the thought of this from Henry’s heart,
    To make a shambles of the parliament house. William Shakespeare.

    The true use of parliaments is very excellent; and be often called, and continued as long as is necessary. Francis Bacon.

    I thought the right way of parliaments the most safe for my crown, as best pleasing to my people. Charles I .

    These are mob readers: if Virgil and Martial stood for parliament-men, we know who would carry it. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Parliamentnoun

    a parleying; a discussion; a conference

  2. Parliamentnoun

    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. Parliamentnoun

    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. Parliamentnoun

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

  5. Etymology: [OE. parlement, F. parlement, fr. parler to speak; cf. LL. parlamentum, parliamentum. See Parley.]

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Parliament

    pär′li-ment, n. a meeting for deliberation: the supreme legislature of Great Britain, also of some of her colonies: in France, down to the Revolution, one of certain superior and final courts of judicature, in which also the edicts of the king were registered before becoming law.—adjs. Parliamentā′rian, adhering to the Parliament in opposition to Charles I.; Parliament′ary, pertaining to parliament: enacted or done by parliament: according to the rules and practices of legislative bodies.—Parliamentary agent, a person employed by private persons or societies for drafting bills or managing business to be brought before parliament; Parliamentary borough, a borough having the right of sending a member or members to parliament; Parliamentary train, a train which, by act of parliament, runs both ways along a line of railway, at least once each day, at the rate of one penny per mile.—Act of parliament, a statute that has passed through both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, and received the formal royal assent. [Fr. parlementparler, to speak.]

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. parliament

    A type of socialist unity government legislature created and formed by representation from every socialist political party elected to government and a proportionate number of elected socialist independent politicians elected to government within a country or form of unity government authority united to form a unity government and each represented in the unity government cabinet to work together for the collective people in the country or area of unity government authority and focus positively on cocreating in the order of priority of optimum health, democracy, human rights, right to life, civil rights, ethical, fair, just, moral and shared prosperity for all, stability, unity government, solidarity, cohesion, animal rights, right to housing, right to free education, right to parent, right to free preschool education, right to a standard of living, right to internet access, economic stability, financial stability, equal rights, equal opportunities, employment rights, childrens rights, sustainable development, sustainable development goals, united partnership, multi-party working, community empowerment systems, equal distribution of income, wealth, fairness and justness across society, the country, europe and the world and contribute to the cocreation of global and national peace agreements, peace treaties, the universes truth and a fair, just and transparent system of checks and balances.

    Some countries have a parliament, others have a legislature or assembly.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 5, 2020  

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Parliament

    From the French parlerment, founded on the Latin verb parler, to speak. See “Parlour.”

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  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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of parliament in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of parliament in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of parliament in a Sentence

  1. John Bercow:

    The idea that parliament is going to... be evacuated from the center-stage of the debate on Brexit is unimaginable. It is simply unimaginable.

  2. Norbert Lammert:

    Every person that tries to put pressure on individual lawmakers with threats must know they are attacking the entire parliament.

  3. Damian Hinds:

    I don't see how a long delay gives certainty. Actually we've had long time already... People are a bit tired of waiting for parliament to get our act together and get the deal passed, unless and until a deal is finalised, there remains the prospect of the risk of no deal.

  4. Philip Hammond:

    It's a proposition that could and, on all the evidence, is very likely to be put to parliament at some stage.

  5. Rebecca Stimson:

    These are complex issues to get right and we look forward to working with the [ UK ] government and parliament to ensure new regulations are effective.

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