Lagting

Lagting

[lahg-ting]
noun
See under Storting.
Also, Lagthing.


Origin:
1830–40; < Norwegian; compare Old Norse lagthing. See law1, thing2

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Storting

[stawr-ting, stohr-]
noun
the parliament of Norway, elected by popular vote, which is divided into the upper house (Lagting) comprising one quarter of the members, and the lower house (Odelsting) comprising the rest.
Also, Storthing.


Origin:
1825–35; < Norwegian, equivalent to stor great + ting assembly, court; cognate with thing2

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Lagting or Lagthing (ˈlɑːɡtɪŋ)
 
n
Storting See also Odelsting the upper chamber of the Norwegian parliament
 
[Norwegian, from lag law + ting parliament]
 
Lagthing or Lagthing
 
n
 
[Norwegian, from lag law + ting parliament]

Storting or Storthing (ˈstɔːtɪŋ)
 
n
Lagting See also Odelsting the parliament of Norway
 
[C19: Norwegian, from stor great + thing assembly]
 
Storthing or Storthing
 
n
 
[C19: Norwegian, from stor great + thing assembly]

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lagting

in medieval Scandinavia, the local, provincial, and, in Iceland, national assemblies of freemen that formed the fundamental unit of government and law. Meeting at fixed intervals, the things, in which democratic practices were influenced by male heads of households, legislated at all levels, elected royal nominees, and settled all legal questions. They were presided over by the local chieftain or by a law speaker (one unusually learned in the unrecorded law) and were dominated by the most influential members of the community. In Iceland the things ultimately led to the founding of the Althing, the Icelandic parliament. In the 13th and 14th centuries the things in other countries gradually lost their prerogatives to bureaucratized courts and noble-clerical councils

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