barrister









barrister


noun Law.

  1. (in England) a lawyer who is a member of one of the Inns of Court and who has the privilege of pleading in the higher courts.Compare solicitor(def 4).
  2. Informal. any lawyer.

noun

  1. Also called: barrister-at-law (in England) a lawyer who has been called to the bar and is qualified to plead in the higher courtsCompare solicitor See also advocate, counsel
  2. (in Canada) a lawyer who pleads in court
  3. US a less common word for lawyer
n.

1540s, “a student of law who has been called to the bar,” from bar (n.3) in the legal sense + -ster. Also see attorney. The second element is obscure.

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