Black Rod

Black Rod

noun
1.
(in England) an official of the Order of the Garter and chief ceremonial usher of the House of Lords: so called from the rod carried as the symbol of office.
2.
a similar official in British colonial and Commonwealth legislatures.

Origin:
1625–35

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Black Rod
 
n
1.  (in Britain) an officer of the House of Lords and of the Order of the Garter, whose main duty is summoning the Commons at the opening and proroguing of Parliament
2.  a similar officer in any of certain other legislatures

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