Parliament
Parliament Par"lia*ment, n. [OE. parlement, F. parlement, fr. parler to speak; cf. LL. parlamentum, parliamentum. See {Parley}.] 1. A parleying; a discussion; a conference. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

But first they held their parliament. --Rom. of R. [1913 Webster]

2. A formal conference on public affairs; a general council; esp., an assembly of representatives of a nation or people having authority to make laws. [1913 Webster]

They made request that it might be lawful for them to summon a parliament of Gauls. --Golding. [1913 Webster]

3. The assembly of the three estates of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, viz., the lords spiritual, lords temporal, and the representatives of the commons, sitting in the House of Lords and the House of Commons, constituting the legislature, when summoned by the royal authority to consult on the affairs of the nation, and to enact and repeal laws. [1913 Webster]

Note: Thought the sovereign is a constituting branch of Parliament, the word is generally used to denote the three estates named above. [1913 Webster]

4. In France, before the Revolution of 1789, one of the several principal judicial courts. [1913 Webster]

{Parliament heel}, the inclination of a ship when made to careen by shifting her cargo or ballast.

{Parliament hinge} (Arch.), a hinge with so great a projection from the wall or frame as to allow a door or shutter to swing back flat against the wall.

{Long Parliament}, {Rump Parliament}. See under {Long}, and {Rump}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Parliament — par·lia·ment / pär lə mənt, pärl yə / n [Anglo French parlement conference, council, parliament, from parler to speak] 1 a: an assemblage of the nobility, clergy, and commons called together by the British sovereign as the supreme legislative… …   Law dictionary

  • parliament — par‧lia‧ment [ˈpɑːləmənt ǁ ˈpɑːr ] noun [countable] the group of people elected to make a country s laws and discuss important national issues: • The Dutch parliament voted to begin lifting economic sanctions. * * * parliament UK US /ˈpɑːləmənt/… …   Financial and business terms

  • parliament — ► NOUN 1) (Parliament) (in the UK) the highest legislature, consisting of the Sovereign, the House of Lords, and the House of Commons. 2) a similar body in other countries. ORIGIN Old French parlement speaking …   English terms dictionary

  • parliament — [pär′lə mənt] n. [ME parlament < OFr parlement < parler: see PARLEY] 1. an official or formal conference or council, usually concerned with government or public affairs 2. [P ] a) the national legislative body of Great Britain, composed of… …   English World dictionary

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  • parliament — (n.) late 13c., from O.Fr. parlement (11c.), originally speaking, talk, from parler to speak (see PARLEY (Cf. parley)); spelling altered c.1400 to conform with M.L. parliamentum. Anglo Latin parliamentum is attested from early 13c. Related:… …   Etymology dictionary

  • parliament — parliament, parliamentary Both words are spelt with an a in the middle, but are pronounced with the ia as a single syllable …   Modern English usage

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  • parliament — /pahr leuh meuhnt/ or, sometimes, /pahrl yeuh /, n. 1. (usually cap.) the legislature of Great Britain, historically the assembly of the three estates, now composed of Lords Spiritual and Lords Temporal, forming together the House of Lords, and… …   Universalium

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