Origin of parliament
Examples from the Web for parliament
Parliament looks at measures to monitor toddlers for anti-Semitic speech.Britain May Spy on Preschoolers Searching for Potential Jihadis|Nico Hines|January 7, 2015|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
A political leader told us parliament won't do anything unless people revolt.Will the Swiss Quit Cooking their Kittens and Puppies?|Barbie Latza Nadeau|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The last time a Pope addressed the parliament in Strasbourg was in 1988 when an Iron Curtain still divided the continent.
“We are fighting in the east and we still have traitors in our parliament,” he frets.
The King's proclamations shall be observed and kept as though they were acts of Parliament.Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed.|S. A. Reilly
Father intends to appeal to Parliament, but even in Parliament he fears he cannot obtain justice.Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall|Charles Major
The noble Marquis consequently hoped that the Trojan horse would not be allowed to come within the walls of Parliament.The Grand Old Man|Richard B. Cook
There would be no difficulty as to Parliament; we can call them together at a fortnight's notice.Memoirs of the Court and Cabinets of George the Third, Volume 2 (of 2)|The Duke of Buckingham
But the Parliament of Paris was unfitted to be a legislative body.
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Word Origin for parliament
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Word Origin and History for parliament
c.1300, "consultation; formal conference, assembly," from Old French parlement (11c.), originally "a speaking, talk," from parler "to speak" (see parley (n.)); spelling altered c.1400 to conform with Medieval Latin parliamentum.
Anglo-Latin parliamentum is attested from early 13c. Specific sense "representative assembly of England or Ireland" emerged by mid-14c. from general meaning "a conference of the secular and/or ecclesiastical aristocracy summoned by a monarch."
Culture definitions for parliament
An assembly of representatives, usually of an entire nation, that makes laws. Parliaments began in the Middle Ages in struggles for power between kings and their people. Today, parliaments differ from other kinds of legislatures in one important way: some of the representatives in the parliament serve as government ministers, in charge of carrying out the laws that the parliament passes. Generally, a parliament is divided by political parties, and the representative who leads the strongest political party in the parliament becomes the nation's head of government. This leader is usually called the prime minister or premier. Typically, a different person — usually a king, queen, or president — is head of state, and this person's duties are usually more ceremonial than governmental.