Black Rod

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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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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.