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


  1. a person concerned with the making or enactment of laws
  2. a member of a legislature

n.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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