- (in England) an official of the Order of the Garter and chief ceremonial usher of the House of Lords: so called from the rod carried as the symbol of office.
- a similar official in British colonial and Commonwealth legislatures.
Origin of Black Rod
First recorded in 1625–35
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- (in Britain) an officer of the House of Lords and of the Order of the Garter, whose main duty is summoning the Commons at the opening and proroguing of Parliament
- a similar officer in any of certain other legislatures
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