a person who gives or makes laws.
a member of a legislative body.

1595–1605; < Latin phrase lēgis lātor a law's bringer (i.e., proposer), equivalent to lēgis (genitive of lēx law) + lātor bringer ((tus), suppletive past participle of ferre to bring + -tor -tor

legislatorship, noun

1. lawmaker, lawgiver.
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legislator (ˈlɛdʒɪsˌleɪtə)
1.  a person concerned with the making or enactment of laws
2.  a member of a legislature
[C17: from Latin lēgis lātor, from lēx law + lātor from lātus, past participle of ferre to bring]
fem n

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Word Origin & History

c.1600, from L. legis lator "proposer of a law," from legis, gen. of lex "law" + lator "proposer," agent noun of latus "borne, brought, carried" (see oblate), used as past tense of ferre "to carry" (see infer).
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Example sentences
Any legislator who tries to legislate reality ought to be automatically
  expelled from office.
The information had been sought by a former state legislator.
If you're a state legislator with a busted budget, you can raise tuition as a
  stealth tax increase.
He is the creator and legislator, but not the subject, of his work.
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