One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A Member of Parliament, especially one well versed in parliamentary procedure and experienced in debate; a parliamentarian.
2A person on the side of Parliament during the English Civil War.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Nicholas Ridley (c1502–1555), bishop of London and protestant martyr. From parliament + man.
parliament man/ˈpɑːlɪm(ə)nt ˌman/
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