[ lej-is-ley-ter ]
/ ˈlɛdʒ ɪsˌleɪ tər /


a person who gives or makes laws.
a member of a legislative body.

Nearby words

  1. legislative,
  2. legislative assembly,
  3. legislative branch,
  4. legislative council,
  5. legislative veto,
  6. legislatorial,
  7. legislatrix,
  8. legislature,
  9. legist,
  10. legit

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

Related formsleg·is·la·tor·ship, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for legislator


/ (ˈlɛdʒɪsˌleɪtə) /


a person concerned with the making or enactment of laws
a member of a legislature
Derived Formslegislatorship, nounlegislatress, fem n

Word Origin for legislator

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



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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