Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: parlement, from parler; PARLEY


Related topics: Parliaments
par‧lia‧ment W2
1PGP [countable] [also + plural verb British English] the group of people who are elected to make a country's laws and discuss important national affairs [↪ government, MP]:
They demanded a free parliament and press.


[singular also + plural verb British English]PGP the main law-making institution in the UK, which consists of the House of Commons and the House of Lords:
The bill was passed by Parliament in April.
enter/get into Parliament (=be elected as a member of Parliament)
in Parliament
He failed to win a seat in Parliament.
before Parliament
The new laws will be placed before Parliament.
hung parliament
3PGP [countable] the period during which the British Parliament meets:
We expect to get these laws passed during the present parliament.

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