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’
    • ‘Anyone care to tell me whether this bill made it though Parliament this week?’
    • ‘It is now up to the Commission to submit a new, or the same, proposal to the Parliament.’
    • ‘There is a view that our Parliament has fallen in esteem because of legislation from Europe.’
    • ‘If Parliament had any such intention, it would surely have made its intention plain.’
    • ‘He has suggested it to no one connected with the Parliament, nor is he willing to.’
    • ‘The courts are to have due regard to the legislation as an expression of the will of Parliament.’
    • ‘We need a House with more scientists; we have enough lawyers in Parliament as it is.’
    • ‘The Parliament has the power to reject the budget and fire the Commission if it so chooses.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To move it could involve changing an act of Parliament which governs the use of the downs.’
    • ‘Her main supporters in the Parliament have stood aside for her, but at what price?’
    • ‘If this does not occur, the next step is for the Parliament to have its second reading of the budget.’
    • ‘Rather, it is a case of the Parliament choosing its battles more judiciously than in the past.’
    • ‘The Bill passed the committee stage and is now close to sailing through Parliament.’
    • ‘The annual budget only comes into force once the President of the Parliament has signed it.’
    • ‘The Parliament can request the Commission to draft legislation for debate in any area.’
    • ‘The Head of State was a President who was elected by Parliament for seven years.’
    • ‘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.’
    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 country elects a new parliament in February, lawmakers more closely aligned than ever before with President Mohammad Khatami.’
      • ‘As a professed radical, he was to prove a singularly jaded observer of parliaments, parliamentary processes, and parliamentarians.’
      • ‘Parliament may pass a human rights act, but a future parliament could repeal or emasculate it.’
      • ‘Again there is doubt over funding increases in the final two years of the Parliament.’
      • ‘I was delighted when we won the referendum and becoming a member of the parliament was the icing on the cake.’
      • ‘He can dissolve the parliament, and nominate people to all the key state functions.’
      • ‘Members of a corrupt parliament are ready to make deals with whomsoever has anything to offer.’
      • ‘In November 1987, a new parliament was elected and a new cabinet appointed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The next governments, presidents and parliaments had a quite inconsistent policy towards the BOC.’
      • ‘For centuries Britain, and now almost all nations, has relied on elected parliaments, congresses, prime ministers and presidents to set the rules.’
      • ‘Rather than lose the vote, she dissolved parliament on October 10 and called an early election.’
      • ‘Both of these were bills that were lost when parliament dissolved for the election.’
      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’
      • ‘Other countries are putting the accord to a vote in their national parliaments.’
      • ‘National parliaments have a ‘right to reply’, but not a right to cause the original legislation to be withdrawn.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘On internal matters, it allows for more democratic control by the national parliaments and the European Parliament.’
      • ‘In practice the attention paid by national parliaments to EU market legislation is erratic and sporadic.’
      • ‘She has expressed dismay that so many politicians have their eyes on a career at European level and see national parliaments as an obstacle.’
      • ‘Furthermore, the 216 votes include those of the Netherlands and of Germany against the will of the national parliaments of those countries.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Even if national parliaments tried to come to grips with such developments, they would fail.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Greater control by national parliaments and the European Parliament would represent a positive move.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 Council of Ministers is not accountable to the European Parliament or national parliaments.’
      • ‘He approves of the Scottish Parliament and says its critics should give it time.’
      • ‘The IPU is the representative body of national parliaments in 138 countries.’
      • ‘It boosted the right of national parliaments to stop EU interference in domestic policy.’
      • ‘Most other countries will be able to ratify on the basis of approval by national parliaments.’
      • ‘Let us have proposals to it from the national parliaments.’
      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’
    • ‘Quietly follow the “who-who-whos” of the parliament of owls, then move stealthily amongst shadows.’
    • ‘We interrupt this video program to bring you a parliament of owls who think a stuffed animal is their mom.’
    • ‘In one bush a large parliament of owls softly hooted a welcome which cannot fail to enchant.’
    • ‘The city stares in, beaming golden lights like a parliament of owls watching from the darkness.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It has taken weeks of narrowing his walking-vision to the activities of their local parliament of rooks.’
    • ‘Millions of shoppers are now completely owled out, confronted with a parliament of owls on every shelf in every shop.’
    • ‘To my right was a stand of ash trees where the cawing parliament of rooks eventually settled.’
    • ‘A parliament of rooks suddenly broke free of the naked trees, and rose in the air.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

parliament

/ˈpɑːləm(ə)nt/