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Black Rod

n.
The chief usher of the British House of Lords.

[After the rod carried as symbol of the office.]

Black Rod

n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in Britain) an officer of the House of Lords and of the Order of the Garter, whose main duty is summoning the Commons at the opening and proroguing of Parliament
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a similar officer in any of certain other legislatures

Black′ Rod′


n.
(in England) an official of the Order of the Garter and chief ceremonial usher of the House of Lords.
[1625–35]
Translations
barre noire
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On Saturday, February 2nd, Speaker Barisoff (British Columbia) and Charles MacKay, Clerk of the Prince Edward Island Legislative Assembly, discussed their respective provincial Black Rods.
The installation also features two leaning black rods, a yellow dowel precariously balanced horizontally on steel pins just below the frame, a daisy chain of accoutrements--suspenders tethered to the wall, a necktie, a paint-brush--as well as small black ladders propped next to a bag constructed out of stitched-together photo paper, all presented beneath the glare of a freestanding light of the type often used when photographing fine art.
There were more black rods, sticks of office and long white wands than in a Morecambe and Wise Christmas spectacular.