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Definition of parliament noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] the group of people who are elected to make and change the laws of a country The German parliament is called the “Bundestag.”
  2. 2Parliament [uncountable] the parliament of the United Kingdom, consisting of the House of Commons and the House of Lords a Member of Parliament The issue was debated in Parliament.
  3. 3Parliament [countable, uncountable] a particular period during which a parliament is working; Parliament as it exists between one general election and the next to dissolve Parliament (= formally end its activities) and call an election
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