cross-bencher

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From cross-bench.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˌkɹɒsˈbɛnt͡ʃə/

Noun[edit]

cross-bencher (plural cross-benchers)

  1. (politics) A member of the British House of Lords or the Senate of Canada who sits on a cross-bench, or who proclaims independence or political neutrality.
    • 2007, Bruce Ackerman, "Meritocracy v. Democracy," London Review of Books, vol. 29, no. 5, p. 9,
      Putting the hereditary nobility to one side, the life peers, and especially the cross-benchers, carry on an older, less narrowly professional tradition of distinguished service: rule by the ‘great and the good’, if not necessarily the best and brightest.