Definition of parliament in English:

parliament

noun

  • 1(in the UK) the highest legislature, consisting of the Sovereign, the House of Lords, and the House of Commons.

    ‘the Secretary of State will lay proposals before Parliament’
    ‘an Act of Parliament’
    • ‘The annual budget only comes into force once the President of the Parliament has signed it.’
    • ‘Her main supporters in the Parliament have stood aside for her, but at what price?’
    • ‘The Parliament can request the Commission to draft legislation for debate in any area.’
    • ‘There is a view that our Parliament has fallen in esteem because of legislation from Europe.’
    • ‘The Parliament has the power to reject the budget and fire the Commission if it so chooses.’
    • ‘The Head of State was a President who was elected by Parliament for seven years.’
    • ‘He has suggested it to no one connected with the Parliament, nor is he willing to.’
    • ‘We need a House with more scientists; we have enough lawyers in Parliament as it is.’
    • ‘Anyone care to tell me whether this bill made it though Parliament this week?’
    • ‘If this does not occur, the next step is for the Parliament to have its second reading of the budget.’
    • ‘So Parliament must get on with making this new law effective as soon as possible.’
    • ‘It is not difficult to understand the reason Parliament adopted the approach that it did.’
    • ‘If Parliament had any such intention, it would surely have made its intention plain.’
    • ‘It is now up to the Commission to submit a new, or the same, proposal to the Parliament.’
    • ‘The Bill passed the committee stage and is now close to sailing through Parliament.’
    • ‘Rather, it is a case of the Parliament choosing its battles more judiciously than in the past.’
    • ‘Some of the proposals in the White Paper will need to be passed by Parliament before they can go ahead.’
    • ‘Electioneering promises that go beyond the life of a Parliament are thus mere wind.’
    • ‘To move it could involve changing an act of Parliament which governs the use of the downs.’
    • ‘The courts are to have due regard to the legislation as an expression of the will of Parliament.’
    1. 1.1 The members of Parliament between one dissolution and the next.
      ‘the act was passed by the last parliament of the reign’
      • ‘The next governments, presidents and parliaments had a quite inconsistent policy towards the BOC.’
      • ‘He can dissolve the parliament, and nominate people to all the key state functions.’
      • ‘In November 1987, a new parliament was elected and a new cabinet appointed.’
      • ‘As a professed radical, he was to prove a singularly jaded observer of parliaments, parliamentary processes, and parliamentarians.’
      • ‘Members of a corrupt parliament are ready to make deals with whomsoever has anything to offer.’
      • ‘Rather than lose the vote, she dissolved parliament on October 10 and called an early election.’
      • ‘For centuries Britain, and now almost all nations, has relied on elected parliaments, congresses, prime ministers and presidents to set the rules.’
      • ‘Parliament may pass a human rights act, but a future parliament could repeal or emasculate it.’
      • ‘Both of these were bills that were lost when parliament dissolved for the election.’
      • ‘This was not helped by the fact that the new Parliament was patently not ready for the occasion.’
      • ‘He has been a member of Parliament in five parliaments.’
      • ‘Again there is doubt over funding increases in the final two years of the Parliament.’
      • ‘The country elects a new parliament in February, lawmakers more closely aligned than ever before with President Mohammad Khatami.’
      • ‘I was delighted when we won the referendum and becoming a member of the parliament was the icing on the cake.’
      the houses of parliament, westminster, the house of commons, the house of lords, the commons, the lords, the house, the lower house, the upper house, the mother of parliaments
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    2. 1.2 A legislature similar to the UK Parliament in other nations and states.
      ‘the Russian parliament’
      • ‘It shows that national parliaments will have no say over privacy, and instead there will be a continent-wide right of the authorities to bug us.’
      • ‘The IPU is the representative body of national parliaments in 138 countries.’
      • ‘In practice the attention paid by national parliaments to EU market legislation is erratic and sporadic.’
      • ‘On internal matters, it allows for more democratic control by the national parliaments and the European Parliament.’
      • ‘Other countries are putting the accord to a vote in their national parliaments.’
      • ‘Even if national parliaments tried to come to grips with such developments, they would fail.’
      • ‘Greater control by national parliaments and the European Parliament would represent a positive move.’
      • ‘The key powers over taxation, foreign affairs and defence remain with the national parliaments.’
      • ‘The Australian Parliament was united on a declaration of war against the Axis powers.’
      • ‘Most other countries will be able to ratify on the basis of approval by national parliaments.’
      • ‘The Council of Ministers is not accountable to the European Parliament or national parliaments.’
      • ‘It boosted the right of national parliaments to stop EU interference in domestic policy.’
      • ‘He approves of the Scottish Parliament and says its critics should give it time.’
      • ‘His plan is to make us all stakeholders in the new European order by giving the national parliaments of Europe more of a say in what goes on in Brussels and Strasbourg.’
      • ‘Political parties across Australia are chock-full of people of who would happily sell their souls for a seat in one or other of the nation's parliaments.’
      • ‘Furthermore, the 216 votes include those of the Netherlands and of Germany against the will of the national parliaments of those countries.’
      • ‘National parliaments have a ‘right to reply’, but not a right to cause the original legislation to be withdrawn.’
      • ‘To make free market reforms possible, many of the powers handed over to Brussels in previous treaties will have to be transferred back to national parliaments.’
      • ‘Let us have proposals to it from the national parliaments.’
      • ‘She has expressed dismay that so many politicians have their eyes on a career at European level and see national parliaments as an obstacle.’
      legislature, legislative assembly, congress, senate, chamber, house, upper house, lower house, upper chamber, lower chamber, second chamber, convocation, diet, council, assembly, chamber of deputies
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  • 2rare A group of rooks or owls.

    ‘it is uncommon to see a parliament of owls in the wild’
    • ‘The city stares in, beaming golden lights like a parliament of owls watching from the darkness.’
    • ‘In one bush a large parliament of owls softly hooted a welcome which cannot fail to enchant.’
    • ‘It has taken weeks of narrowing his walking-vision to the activities of their local parliament of rooks.’
    • ‘Quietly follow the “who-who-whos” of the parliament of owls, then move stealthily amongst shadows.’
    • ‘A parliament of rooks skulks around the far side, eyeing us suspiciously.’
    • ‘He tells of his summer long pursuit to convince a parliament of owls to attach themselves to his shoulder.’
    • ‘We interrupt this video program to bring you a parliament of owls who think a stuffed animal is their mom.’
    • ‘A parliament of rooks suddenly broke free of the naked trees, and rose in the air.’
    • ‘To my right was a stand of ash trees where the cawing parliament of rooks eventually settled.’
    • ‘Millions of shoppers are now completely owled out, confronted with a parliament of owls on every shelf in every shop.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French parlement ‘speaking’, from the verb parler.

Pronunciation

parliament

/ˈpɑːləm(ə)nt/