Definition of the Chiltern Hundreds from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


the Chiltern Hundreds

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an administrative region that used to exist in Buckinghamshire, England. British Members of Parliament are not allowed to resign during the course of a Parliament, but the person with the traditional job of looking after the Chiltern Hundreds is not allowed to be an Member of Parliament, so any MP who wishes to resign can apply for the Chiltern Hundreds as a way of leaving parliament. A hundred was formerly a division of a county in England, so called because it contained roughly one hundred families.