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(sometimes lowercase)British. a member of a legislative body, especially of the House of Commons, who has no special duties and is not a member of the ministry.
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Origin of Private Member
First recorded in 1600–10
Words nearby Private Member
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How to use Private Member in a sentence
When a private member has in charge a Bill or resolution, much depends on the opportunity he secures for bringing it forward.
The bill was introduced by a private member, Mr. Bell, who has always taken a keen interest in the destruction of this pest.Our First Half-Century|Government of Queensland
Is not prayer to the Church what the bayonet is to the soldier—that which the private member has to use?Broken Bread|Thomas Champness
On a certain Tuesday night, the debate on a private member's bill unexpectedly collapsed, and the House rose early.The Marriage of William Ashe|Mrs. Humphry Ward
The letter to Philemon, a private member of the church in Colosse, naturally stands last of all.Companion to the Bible|E. P. Barrows
British Dictionary definitions for Private Member
a member of a legislative assembly, such as the House of Commons, not having an appointment in the government
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