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’
    • ‘It is not difficult to understand the reason Parliament adopted the approach that it did.’
    • ‘It is now up to the Commission to submit a new, or the same, proposal to the Parliament.’
    • ‘Anyone care to tell me whether this bill made it though Parliament this week?’
    • ‘The Parliament has the power to reject the budget and fire the Commission if it so chooses.’
    • ‘He has suggested it to no one connected with the Parliament, nor is he willing to.’
    • ‘If this does not occur, the next step is for the Parliament to have its second reading of the budget.’
    • ‘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 courts are to have due regard to the legislation as an expression of the will of Parliament.’
    • ‘If Parliament had any such intention, it would surely have made its intention plain.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Head of State was a President who was elected by Parliament for seven years.’
    • ‘To move it could involve changing an act of Parliament which governs the use of the downs.’
    • ‘There is a view that our Parliament has fallen in esteem because of legislation from Europe.’
    • ‘So Parliament must get on with making this new law effective as soon as possible.’
    • ‘We need a House with more scientists; we have enough lawyers in Parliament as it is.’
    • ‘The Parliament can request the Commission to draft legislation for debate in any area.’
    • ‘Her main supporters in the Parliament have stood aside for her, but at what price?’
    1. 1.1The members of parliament for a particular period, especially between one dissolution and the next.
      ‘the act was passed by the last parliament of the reign’
      • ‘For centuries Britain, and now almost all nations, has relied on elected parliaments, congresses, prime ministers and presidents to set the rules.’
      • ‘He has been a member of Parliament in five parliaments.’
      • ‘This was not helped by the fact that the new Parliament was patently not ready for the occasion.’
      • ‘I was delighted when we won the referendum and becoming a member of the parliament was the icing on the cake.’
      • ‘Both of these were bills that were lost when parliament dissolved for the election.’
      • ‘Parliament may pass a human rights act, but a future parliament could repeal or emasculate it.’
      • ‘The country elects a new parliament in February, lawmakers more closely aligned than ever before with President Mohammad Khatami.’
      • ‘In November 1987, a new parliament was elected and a new cabinet appointed.’
      • ‘Members of a corrupt parliament are ready to make deals with whomsoever has anything to offer.’
      • ‘He can dissolve the parliament, and nominate people to all the key state functions.’
      • ‘As a professed radical, he was to prove a singularly jaded observer of parliaments, parliamentary processes, and parliamentarians.’
      • ‘The next governments, presidents and parliaments had a quite inconsistent policy towards the BOC.’
      • ‘Again there is doubt over funding increases in the final two years of the Parliament.’
      • ‘Rather than lose the vote, she dissolved parliament on October 10 and called an early election.’
    2. 1.2A legislature similar to parliament in other nations and states.
      ‘the Russian parliament’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘On internal matters, it allows for more democratic control by the national parliaments and the European Parliament.’
      • ‘Greater control by national parliaments and the European Parliament would represent a positive move.’
      • ‘The IPU is the representative body of national parliaments in 138 countries.’
      • ‘Other countries are putting the accord to a vote in their national parliaments.’
      • ‘He approves of the Scottish Parliament and says its critics should give it time.’
      • ‘The Australian Parliament was united on a declaration of war against the Axis powers.’
      • ‘She has expressed dismay that so many politicians have their eyes on a career at European level and see national parliaments as an obstacle.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In practice the attention paid by national parliaments to EU market legislation is erratic and sporadic.’
      • ‘National parliaments have a ‘right to reply’, but not a right to cause the original legislation to be withdrawn.’
      • ‘Even if national parliaments tried to come to grips with such developments, they would fail.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

parliament

/ˈpärləmənt/