king’s counsel

noun British Law.

  1. a body of barristers of a higher status who are specially appointed to be the crown’s counsel, and who are permitted to plead inside the bar in the court.
  2. a member of this body of barristers.
  3. an honorary title conferred on a successful barrister when the sovereign is a king, originally for services in representing the crown but now as a mark of professional distinction.


  1. (when the sovereign is male) another name for Queen’s Counsel

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