fantan vs parliament what difference

what is difference between fantan and parliament



fantan (uncountable)

  1. Alternative form of fan-tan


Alternative forms

  • parlament (obsolete)


From Middle English parlement, from Anglo-Norman parliament, parlement, parliment, and Middle French and Old French parlement (discussion, meeting, negotiation; assembly, council), from parler (to speak) + -ment (-ment, suffix forming nouns from verbs, usually indicating an action or state resulting from them) (from Latin -mentum). Compare Late Latin parlamentum, parliamentum (discussion, meeting; council or court summoned by the monarch), Italian parlamento and Sicilian parramentu.


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈpɑːləmənt/, /ˈpɑːlɪəmənt/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈpɑɹləmənt/
  • Hyphenation: par‧lia‧ment


parliament (countable and uncountable, plural parliaments)

  1. (now chiefly historical) A formal council summoned (especially by a monarch) to discuss important issues. [from 13th c.]
  2. In many countries, the legislative branch of government, a deliberative assembly or set of assemblies whose elected or appointed members meet to debate the major political issues of the day, make, amend, and repeal laws, authorize the executive branch of government to spend money, and in some cases exercise judicial powers; a legislature. [from 14th c.]
  3. A particular assembly of the members of such a legislature, as convened for a specific purpose or period of time (commonly designated with an ordinal number – for example, first parliament or 12th parliament – or a descriptive adjective – for example, Long Parliament, Short Parliament and Rump Parliament). [from 14th c.]
  4. A gathering of birds, especially rooks or owls. [from 15th c.]
    • 2016, Alan Moore, Jerusalem, Liveright 2016, p. 122:
      He’d seen a parliament of rooks a hundred strong fall on and kill one of their number amongst the nodding barley rows, and had been shown a yew that had the face of Jesus in its bark.
  5. (historical) Parliament cake, a type of gingerbread. [from 19th c.]
    • 1846, Albert Smith, The Snob’s Progress
      The children had long ago found out that the kites and shuttlecocks were failures; and popular rumour spoke in deprecating terms of the parliament and gingerbread in general, comparing it to petrified sponge, or slices of pumice stone.

Usage notes

The word is usually capitalised when used as a proper noun referring to a particular parliament.

Derived terms


Further reading

  • parliament on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

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