[pahr-luh-men-tair-ee-uh n, -muh n- or, sometimes, pahrl-yuh-]
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  1. a person who is expert in the formal rules and procedures of deliberative assemblies and other formal organizations.
  2. (sometimes initial capital letter) British. a member of Parliament.
  3. (initial capital letter) a partisan of the British Parliament in opposition to Charles I.

Origin of parliamentarian

First recorded in 1605–15; parliament + -arian Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for parliamentarian


  1. an expert in parliamentary procedures, etc
  2. (sometimes capital) British a Member of Parliament
  1. of or relating to a parliament or parliaments


  1. a supporter of Parliament during the English Civil War
  1. of or relating to Parliament or its supporters during the English Civil War
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Word Origin and History for parliamentarian

1640s as a designation of one of the sides in the English Civil War; meaning "one versed in parliamentary procedure" dates from 1834. See parliamentary + -ian.

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