What does parliament mean?

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

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word parliament.

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


  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


    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.


  1. Parliament

    In modern politics, and history, a parliament is a legislative body of government. Generally, a modern parliament has three functions: representing the electorate, making laws, and overseeing the government via hearings and inquiries. The term is similar to the idea of a senate, synod or congress and is commonly used in countries that are current or former monarchies. Some contexts restrict the use of the word parliament to parliamentary systems, although it is also used to describe the legislature in some presidential systems (e.g., the Parliament of Ghana), even where it is not in the official name. Historically, parliaments included various kinds of deliberative, consultative, and judicial assemblies, an example being the French medieval and early modern parlements.


  1. parliament

    Parliament is a legislative body of government in certain countries, particularly in the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth countries, as well as in nations influenced by the British model of governance. It is the official, supreme governing institution, typically composed of two houses (an upper and lower house), where representatives of the people discuss, debate, and make laws that govern the country. The specific structure, functions, and powers of a parliament can vary widely from one country to another.

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.]


  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.”

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Parliament is ranked #75564 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Parliament surname appeared 255 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Parliament.

    97.2% or 248 total occurrences were White.
    2.7% or 7 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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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

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  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. Pete Wishart:

    There's now a live battle between the government as the executive and the membership of the parliament about who has control.

  2. Jane Ellison:

    I now propose that we lay regulations for standardised packaging in this parliament to allow for them to come into force at the same time as the European Tobacco Products Directive in May 2016, in doing so we would be bringing the prospect of our first smoke-free generation one step closer.

  3. Christopher Pincher:

    The report has to be laid before parliament when it is sitting, if it is not laid before Parliament ceases to sit this evening, it will not be capable of being laid until the committee is reformed, and in 2017 that took nearly six months.

  4. Canadian Transport Minister Lisa Raitt:

    What's going on operationally? i can hear from CN, but I think CN should talk to Parliament and should talk to Canadians.

  5. Michael Fallon:

    No, it is absolutely inaccurate. That is not right, we will be publishing an updated figure in our five-yearly strategic defense review in a couple of weeks time and parliament will then have the latest figure.

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