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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Parliament  \Par"lia*ment\,  n.  [OE.  parlement,  F.  parlement,  fr 
  parler  to  speak;  cf  LL  parlamentum  parliamentum  See 
  1.  A  parleying;  a  discussion;  a  conference.  [Obs.] 
  But  first  they  held  their  parliament.  --Rom.  of  R. 
  2.  A  formal  conference  on  public  affairs;  a  general  council; 
  esp.,  an  assembly  of  representatives  of  a  nation  or  people 
  having  authority  to  make  laws. 
  They  made  request  that  it  might  be  lawful  for  them 
  to  summon  a  parliament  of  Gauls.  --Golding. 
  3.  The  assembly  of  the  three  estates  of  the  United  Kingdom  of 
  Great  Britain  and  Ireland,  viz.,  the  lords  spiritual, 
  lords  temporal,  and  the  representatives  of  the  commons, 
  sitting  in  the  House  of  Lords  and  the  House  of  Commons, 
  constituting  the  legislature,  when  summoned  by  the  royal 
  authority  to  consult  on  the  affairs  of  the  nation,  and  to 
  enact  and  repeal  laws. 
  Note:  Thought  the  sovereign  is  a  constituting  branch  of 
  Parliament,  the  word  is  generally  used  to  denote  the 
  three  estates  named  above. 
  4.  In  France,  before  the  Revolution  of  1789,  one  of  the 
  several  principal  judicial  courts. 
  {Parliament  heel},  the  inclination  of  a  ship  when  made  to 
  careen  by  shifting  her  cargo  or  ballast. 
  {Parliament  hinge}  (Arch.),  a  hinge  with  so  great  a 
  projection  from  the  wall  or  frame  as  to  allow  a  door  or 
  shutter  to  swing  back  flat  against  the  wall. 
  {Long  Parliament},  {Rump  Parliament}.  See  under  {Long},  and 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  legislative  assembly  in  certain  countries  (e.g.,  Great 
  2:  a  card  game  in  which  you  play  your  sevens  and  other  cards  in 
  sequence  in  the  same  suit  as  their  sevens;  you  win  if  you 
  are  the  first  to  use  all  your  cards  [syn:  {fantan},  {sevens}] 

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