a group of people who have the power to make and change laws a democratically elected legislature the national/state legislature compare executive, judiciary See related entries: Parliament, Political views and systems Word Origin late 17th cent.: from legislation, on the pattern of judicature.Extra examples She is the youngest woman to be elected to the national legislature. The legislature comprises a 212-member Chamber of Deputies elected for a four-year term. The legislature passed a law to prohibit the dumping of nuclear waste. The legislature voted narrowly to table a motion of no-confidence in the government. Each province has its own elected governor and legislature.