1. A representative body having supreme legislative powers within a state or multinational organization.
2. Parliament The national legislature of the United Kingdom, made up of the House of Lords and the House of Commons.
[Middle English, a meeting about national concerns, from Old French parlement, from parler, to talk; see PARLEY.]
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