- a person who gives or makes laws.
- a member of a legislative body.
Origin of legislator
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
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1. lawmaker, lawgiver.
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Examples from the Web for legislator
“Having been a legislator and a mayor, I particularly enjoy being a chief executive,” he said.The Golden State Preps for the ‘Red Wedding’ of Senate Races
January 9, 2015
Helena Wong, a legislator from the Democratic Party, joked on Facebook that the PLA had already “Occupied Central.”Hackers Attack Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Websites
June 18, 2014
Why, for instance, did big companies spend so much money to defeat a Republican Georgia legislator last month?Big Business Vs. Libertarians in the GOP
June 12, 2014
The former Punjabi legislator said Malala was a devout Muslim with no interest in promoting a secular democracy in Pakistan.Has Malala Become a Puppet of the West?
April 12, 2014
Republican legislator Jim Neely, a physician, is the lead sponsor of the legislation in Missouri.The ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ Bill
March 4, 2014
I then began to comprehend the grandeur of the Legislator's office.Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home
His brother-in-law, the legislator, is worth three millions of livres.Memoirs of the Court of St. Cloud, Complete
You, as legislator, have already selected the men; and now you shall select the women.
You may remember our saying that some living mind or witness of the legislator was needed in states.
Does not the law give names, and does not the teacher receive them from the legislator?Cratylus
- a person concerned with the making or enactment of laws
- a member of a legislature
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
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