Definition of “parliament” - English Dictionary

“parliament” in British English

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uk /ˈpɑː.lɪ.mənt/ us /ˈpɑːr.lə.mənt/

B2 [ C or U ] in some countries, the group of (usually) elected politicians or other people who make the laws for their country:

On Tuesday the country's parliament voted to establish its own army.
She was elected to Parliament in 1997.

[ C ] a particular period of time during which a parliament is operating, between either holidays or elections

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  • There are two chambers in the British parliament - the House of Commons is the lower chamber, and the House of Lords is the upper chamber.
  • If there were as many women as there are men in parliament, the situation would be very different.
  • The opposition leader led a very forceful attack on the government in parliament this morning.
  • When a bill is passed in parliament it becomes law.
  • After 30 years in the political arena, our local member of parliament is retiring next year.

(Definition of “parliament” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“parliament” in American English

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parliamentnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈpɑr·lə·mənt/

world history the group of people who make the laws in some countries

world history Parliament often refers to the legislature of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

adjective [ not gradable ] us /ˌpɑr·ləˈmen·tər·i, -ˈmen·tri/

a parliamentary election

(Definition of “parliament” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“parliament” in Business English

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parliamentnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈpɑːləmənt/ us GOVERNMENT, POLITICS

in some countries, a group of politicians who have been elected to make laws for the country:

They are hoping to push a radical income tax reform through parliament.
Currently, women's issues are not being dealt with properly in parliament.

(Definition of “parliament” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)