Parliament

Definition of Parliament

Par´lia`ment
n.1.A parleying; a discussion; a conference.
But first they held their parliament.
- Rom. of R.
2.A formal conference on public affairs; a general council;
They made request that it might be lawful for them to summon a parliament of Gauls.
- Golding.
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.
4.In France, before the Revolution of 1789, one of the several principal judicial courts.
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
See under Long, and Rump.

Related Words

Parliament, assembly, bicameral legislature, board of aldermen, chamber of deputies, city board, city council, commission, common council, congress, council, court, diet, federal assembly, general assembly, house of assembly, legislative assembly, legislative body, legislative chamber, legislature, lower chamber, lower house, national assembly, provincial legislature, provincial parliament, representative town meeting, soviet, state assembly, state legislature, town meeting, unicameral legislature, upper chamber, upper house
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