Etymology
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parliament (n.)

c. 1300, parlement, "consultation; formal conference, assembly," from Old French parlement (11c.), originally "a speaking, talk," from parler "to speak" (see parley (n.)); the spelling was altered c. 1400 to conform with Medieval Latin parliamentum.

Anglo-Latin parliamentum is attested from early 13c. The specific sense of "representative assembly of England or Ireland" (with capital P-) emerged by mid-14c. from the broader meaning "a conference of the secular and/or ecclesiastical aristocracy summoned by a monarch."

updated on January 20, 2020

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Definitions of parliament from WordNet

parliament (n.)
a legislative assembly in certain countries;
parliament (n.)
a card game in which you play your sevens and other cards in sequence in the same suit as the sevens; you win if you are the first to use all your cards;
Synonyms: fantan / sevens
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