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noun parliament pronunciation in American English /ˈpɑrləmənt/
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  1. 1
    [countable] an official elected group of people in some countries who meet to make the laws of the country and discuss national issues
    the Russian parliament
    1. a.


      [uncountable] the main law-making institution in some countries. In the U.K., Parliament consists of politicians elected to the House of Commons and members of the House of Lords
      an Act of Parliament (=a law agreed by Parliament)
      in Parliament: The party has a large majority in Parliament.
      enter Parliament: He entered Parliament in 1997.
  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] the period of time during which a particular parliament meets
    dissolve parliament (=end a parliament formally before electing a new one): The president dissolved parliament and called for new elections.
    a session of parliament (=a part of a period when parliament meets): The bill would be discussed in the first session of the next parliament.


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