Definition of parliament in English:

parliament

(also 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 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.’
    • ‘So Parliament must get on with making this new law effective as soon as possible.’
    • ‘Rather, it is a case of the Parliament choosing its battles more judiciously than in the past.’
    • ‘We need a House with more scientists; we have enough lawyers in Parliament as it is.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Electioneering promises that go beyond the life of a Parliament are thus mere wind.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Some of the proposals in the White Paper will need to be passed by Parliament before they can go ahead.’
    • ‘The courts are to have due regard to the legislation as an expression of the will of Parliament.’
    • ‘The Head of State was a President who was elected by Parliament for seven years.’
    • ‘The Parliament can request the Commission to draft legislation for debate in any area.’
    • ‘If this does not occur, the next step is for the Parliament to have its second reading of the budget.’
    • ‘If Parliament had any such intention, it would surely have made its intention plain.’
    • ‘Anyone care to tell me whether this bill made it though Parliament this week?’
    • ‘There is a view that our Parliament has fallen in esteem because of legislation from Europe.’
    • ‘He has suggested it to no one connected with the Parliament, nor is he willing to.’
    • ‘The Parliament has the power to reject the budget and fire the Commission if it so chooses.’
    1. 1.1 The 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’
      • ‘As a professed radical, he was to prove a singularly jaded observer of parliaments, parliamentary processes, and parliamentarians.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He has been a member of Parliament in five parliaments.’
      • ‘Rather than lose the vote, she dissolved parliament on October 10 and called an early election.’
      • ‘Members of a corrupt parliament are ready to make deals with whomsoever has anything to offer.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I was delighted when we won the referendum and becoming a member of the parliament was the icing on the cake.’
      • ‘In November 1987, a new parliament was elected and a new cabinet appointed.’
      • ‘The country elects a new parliament in February, lawmakers more closely aligned than ever before with President Mohammad Khatami.’
      • ‘He can dissolve the parliament, and nominate people to all the key state functions.’
      • ‘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.’
      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 parliament in other nations and states.
      ‘the Russian parliament’
      • ‘On internal matters, it allows for more democratic control by the national parliaments and the European 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.’
      • ‘In practice the attention paid by national parliaments to EU market legislation is erratic and sporadic.’
      • ‘Furthermore, the 216 votes include those of the Netherlands and of Germany against the will of the national parliaments of those countries.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Greater control by national parliaments and the European Parliament would represent a positive move.’
      • ‘Other countries are putting the accord to a vote in their national parliaments.’
      • ‘It boosted the right of national parliaments to stop EU interference in domestic policy.’
      • ‘The key powers over taxation, foreign affairs and defence remain with 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.’
      • ‘National parliaments have a ‘right to reply’, but not a right to cause the original legislation to be withdrawn.’
      • ‘The Council of Ministers is not accountable to the European Parliament or national parliaments.’
      • ‘Even if national parliaments tried to come to grips with such developments, they would fail.’
      • ‘Let us have proposals to it from the national parliaments.’
      • ‘He approves of the Scottish Parliament and says its critics should give it time.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Most other countries will be able to ratify on the basis of approval by national parliaments.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Australian Parliament was united on a declaration of war against the Axis powers.’
      • ‘The IPU is the representative body of national parliaments in 138 countries.’
      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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Origin

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

Pronunciation

parliament

/ˈpärləmənt//ˈpɑrləmənt/