February 07, 2019
legislator (noun)
\LEJ-uh-slay-ter\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: a person who makes laws; especially : a member of a legislature
How do you use it?
We wrote to our state legislator to make our concerns known.
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Which word do you think comes from the same root as "legislator"?

"Legislator" and "privilege" are both related to the Latin root word "lex," meaning "law." We trace "legislator" to the Latin "legis lator," which means "proposer of a law." The "legis" part of "legis lator" is the law part, stemming from a form of the Latin root "lex." "Privilege" has its origin in the Latin word "privilegium" which means "law for or against a private person." It was formed through the combination of "privus" meaning "private" and "leg-" a form of "lex." Other members of the "lex" family include "legal" and "legitimate."
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