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Private Member

noun

  1. (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.


private member

noun

  1. a member of a legislative assembly, such as the House of Commons, not having an appointment in the government


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Word History and Origins

Origin of Private Member1

First recorded in 1600–10
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Example Sentences

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.

Is not prayer to the Church what the bayonet is to the soldier—that which the private member has to use?

On a certain Tuesday night, the debate on a private member's bill unexpectedly collapsed, and the House rose early.

The letter to Philemon, a private member of the church in Colosse, naturally stands last of all.

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