General English

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  • noun a group of people who are elected to represent the citizens, and can make or change the laws of a country


  • in the UK, the legislative body formed of the House of Commons and House of Lords


  • noun the elected group of representatives who form the legislative body which makes the laws of a country
  • abbreviationParl.
    (written as Parliament)

Origin & History of “parliament”

The French verb parler ‘talk’ has made a small but significant contribution to English. Amongst its legacies are parlance (16th c.), parley (16th c.), parlour (13th c.) (etymologically a ‘room set aside for conversation’), and parliament itself. this came from the Old French derivative parlement, which originally meant ‘talk, consultation, conference’, but soon passed to ‘formal consultative body’, and hence to ‘legislative body’. French parler was a descendant of medieval Latin parabolāre ‘talk’, which was derived from the Latin noun parabola (source of English parable, parabola, and parole).