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parliamentarian (plural parliamentarians)

  1. A member of a parliament, congress or an elected national legislative body of another name.
    Synonyms: congressman, MP, deputy
  2. A person well-versed in parliamentary procedure.
  3. An officer in most legislative bodies charged with being well-versed in the parliamentary rules of that legislative house, and whose rulings are taken as authoritative, to be appealed only to the whole of the house itself under special rules.

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parliamentarian (comparative more parliamentarian, superlative most parliamentarian)

  1. Of or relating to a parliament; favouring the establishment of a parliament.
    Synonym: parliamentary
    a parliamentarian democracy; the parliamentarian movement
    • 1946, Office of United States Chief Counsel For Prosecution of Axis Criminality, Nazi Conspiracy and Aggression, Washington, Volume 1, citing Wilhelm Frick,[1]
      Our participation in the parliament does not indicate a support, but rather an undermining of the parliamentarian system.
  2. (historical) Of or relating to the Parliamentarians (supporters of the parliament during the English Civil War (1642–1651)).
    • 1685, George Bate, Elenchus Motuum Nuperorum in Anglia, or, A Short Historical Account of the Rise and Progress of the Late Troubles in England, London, p. 41,[2]
      [...] Deputies were sent with Commissions into all the Counties; and the Parliamentarian Rebels by force and their own authority, invade the Militia, which they could not obtain from the King by petitioning.
    • 1692, Anthony Wood, Athenæ Oxonienses, London: Thomas Bennet, Volume 2, p. 291,[3]
      But while he continued there, he shew’d himself a Dunce, a Tale-bearer to the Parliamentarian Visitors that then acted in the University, and a factious person.
    • 1771, [Oliver] Goldsmith, “Charles I. (Continued.)”, in The History of England, from the Earliest Times to the Death of George II. [], volume III, London: [] T[homas] Davies, []; [T.] Becket and [P. A.] De Hondt; and T[homas] Cadell, [], OCLC 228756232, page 271:
      The Scotch and parliamentarian army had joined, and were beſieging York; when prince Rupert, joined by the marquis of Newcaſtle, determined to raiſe the ſiege.
    • 1895, Hereford Brooke George, Battles of English History, London: Methuen, Chapter 9, p. 128,[4]
      There were large regions which were very decidedly royalist, others almost as distinctly parliamentarian [...]