- a member of Congress, especially of the House of Representatives.
- a member of the British Parliament, especially of the House of Commons.
- any member of a legislative body.
- either side of an equation.
- an element of a set.
Origin of member
Examples from the Web for member
They took cover inside a print works to the north east of Paris, where they held a member of staff as a hostage.
What matters is being honest, humble, and a faithful and loyal friend, father and member of your community.Abramoff’s Advice for Virginia’s New Jailhouse Guv|Tim Mak, Jackie Kucinich|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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His son, Yaqoob Bizenjo, served as a member of the National Assembly until 2013.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan|Umar Farooq|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He may have been relieved to head for Westminster as a Member of Parliament on Oct. 1, 1386.A Year In The Life of The Canterbury Tales’ Storied Beginnings|Wendy Smith|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"He is the member for North Northamptonshire," I timidly replied.
The minister there, who introduces his plans, must be a member of the House of Commons.Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. I (of 16)|Thomas Hart Benton
In many towns no one was allowed to work at a trade or sell merchandise who was not a member of a guild.Introductory American History|Henry Eldridge Bourne
If the incensed father, who was a member of the Council, used the full severity of the law, he might fare even worse than ill.In The Fire Of The Forge, Complete|Georg Ebers
At first the notorious Abb Sieys had been chosen a member of the executive.The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte|William Milligan Sloane
British Dictionary definitions for member (1 of 2)
Word Origin for member
British Dictionary definitions for member (2 of 2)
noun (sometimes not capital)
Word Origin and History for member
late 13c., "sex organ" (cf. Latin membrum virile, but in English originally of women as well as men), also, "body part or organ" (in plural, "the body"), from Old French membre "part, portion; topic, subject; limb, member of the body; member" (of a group, etc.)," 11c., from Latin membrum "limb, member of the body, part," probably from PIE *mems-ro, from root *mems- "flesh, meat" (cf. Sanskrit mamsam "flesh;" Greek meninx "membrane," meros "thigh" (the "fleshy part"); Gothic mimz "flesh"). In English, sense of "person belonging to a group" is first attested early 14c., from notion of "constituent part of a complex structure." Meaning "one who has been elected to parliament" is from early 15c.