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noun     parliament pronunciation in British English
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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 UK, 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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