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From Medieval Latin parlamentum and its sources, Anglo-Norman and Old French parlement (discussion, meeting, assembly, council), from parler (to speak), and -ment (mind).



parliament (plural parliaments)

  1. An institution whose elected or appointed members meet to debate the major political issues of the day and usually to exercise legislative powers and sometimes judicial powers.
    • 2011 December 14, Angelique Chrisafis, “Rachida Dati accuses French PM of sexism and elitism”, Guardian:
      The row started over who will run for parliament in a wealthy rightwing constituency on the left bank in Paris, a safe seat for Sarkozy's ruling UMP. Dati is already a local mayor in the neighbourhood, a job felt to have been handed to her on a plate when she was a Sarkozy favourite. She has since fallen from grace, and when she left government she took a European parliament seat, considered a consolation prize.
  2. A collective noun for a flock of owls or rooks.
  3. (historical) Parliament cake; a type of gingerbread.
    • 1869, RD Blackmoore, Lorna Doone, Chapter II:
      A certain boy leaning up against me would not allow my elbow room, and struck me very sadly in the stomach part, though his own was full of my parliament.

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