[pahr-luh-men-tuh-ree, -tree or, sometimes, pahrl-yuh-]


of or relating to a parliament or any of its members.
enacted or established by a parliament.
having a parliament.
of the nature of a parliament.
in accordance with the formal rules governing the methods of procedure, discussion, and debate in deliberative bodies and organized assemblies: parliamentary order.

Nearby words

  1. parliament,
  2. parliament clock,
  3. parliament hinge,
  4. parliamentarian,
  5. parliamentarianism,
  6. parliamentary agent,
  7. parliamentary commissioner,
  8. parliamentary government,
  9. parliamentary law,
  10. parliamentary private secretary

Origin of parliamentary

First recorded in 1610–20; parliament + -ary

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for parliamentary


adjective (sometimes capital)

of or characteristic of a parliament or Parliament
proceeding from a parliament or Parliamenta parliamentary decree
conforming to or derived from the procedures of a parliament or Parliamentparliamentary conduct
having a parliament or Parliament
of or relating to Parliament or its supporters during the English Civil War
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Word Origin and History for parliamentary



1610s, from parliament + -ary.

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