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legislator

[lej-is-ley-ter] /ˈlɛdʒ ɪsˌleɪ tər/
noun
1.
a person who gives or makes laws.
2.
a member of a legislative body.
Origin of legislator
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin phrase lēgis lātor a law's bringer (i.e., proposer), equivalent to lēgis (genitive of lēx law) + lātor bringer (lā(tus), suppletive past participle of ferre to bring + -tor -tor
Related forms
legislatorship, noun
Synonyms
1. lawmaker, lawgiver.
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Examples from the Web for legislator
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  • I then began to comprehend the grandeur of the legislator's office.

  • His brother-in-law, the legislator, is worth three millions of livres.

  • You, as legislator, have already selected the men; and now you shall select the women.

    The Republic Plato
  • You may remember our saying that some living mind or witness of the legislator was needed in states.

    The Republic Plato
  • Does not the law give names, and does not the teacher receive them from the legislator?

    Cratylus Plato
British Dictionary definitions for legislator

legislator

/ˈlɛdʒɪsˌleɪtə/
noun
1.
a person concerned with the making or enactment of laws
2.
a member of a legislature
Derived Forms
legislatorship, noun
legislatress, noun:feminine
Word Origin
C17: from Latin lēgis lātor, from lēx law + lātor from lātus, past participle of ferre to bring
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Word Origin and History for legislator
n.

c.1600, from Latin legis lator "proposer of a law," from legis, genitive of lex "law" + lator "proposer," agent noun of latus "borne, brought, carried" (see oblate (n.)), used as past tense of ferre "to carry" (see infer). Fem. form legislatrix is from 1670s.

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