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The chief usher of the British House of Lords.
[After the rod carried as symbol of the office.]
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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
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(in England) an official of the Order of the Garter and chief ceremonial usher of the House of Lords.
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