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legislator

[lej-is-ley-ter]
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noun
  1. a person who gives or makes laws.
  2. a member of a legislative body.
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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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administratordeputylawmakermemberrepresentativesenatorleaderparliamentarianlawgiver

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British Dictionary definitions for legislator

legislator

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

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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