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[lej-is-ley-ter] /ˈlɛdʒ ɪsˌleɪ tər/
a person who gives or makes laws.
a member of a legislative body.
Origin of legislator
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
Related forms
legislatorship, noun
1. lawmaker, lawgiver. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for legislator
  • 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.
  • ND legislator wants to scrap law against unmarried couples living together.
  • Then it emerged that a legislator had commissioned research into the merits of breaking the link.
  • Moreover, it's pretty clear that you can be a substandard moral actor and nevertheless an effective legislator or negotiator.
  • Obviously an exaggeration, the ambition that drives one to become an elected official doesn't live off of a legislator's salary.
  • It will be risky for any legislator to vote for tax increases in an election year.
British Dictionary definitions for legislator


a person concerned with the making or enactment of laws
a member of a legislature
Derived Forms
legislatorship, noun
legislatress, noun:feminine
Word Origin
C17: from Latin lēgis lātor, from lēx law + lātor from lātus, past participle of ferre to bring
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Word Origin and History for legislator

c.1600, from Latin legis lator "proposer of a law," from legis, genitive of lex "law" + lator "proposer," agent noun of latus "borne, brought, carried" (see oblate (n.)), used as past tense of ferre "to carry" (see infer). Fem. form legislatrix is from 1670s.

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