American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Chiefly British A lawyer admitted to plead at the bar in the superior courts.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A counselor or an advocate learned in the law, admitted to plead at the bar in protection and defense of clients: called in full a barrister at law. The term is more especially used in England and Ireland, the corresponding term in Scotland being advocate and in the United States counselor at law. In England barristers alone are admitted to plead in the superior courts. They must previously have belonged to one of the inns of court, and are divided into utter or outer barristers, who plead without the bar, and queen's (or king's) counsel or serjeants at law, who plead within the bar.
- n. law, chiefly UK, New Zealand A lawyer with the right to speak and argue as an advocate in higher lawcourts.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. engraving Counselor at law; a counsel admitted to plead at the bar, and undertake the public trial of causes, as distinguished from an attorney or solicitor. See attorney.
- n. a British or Canadian lawyer who speaks in the higher courts of law on behalf of either the defense or prosecution
- From bar; the role of the suffix is unclear. This definition is lacking an etymology or has an incomplete etymology. You can help Wiktionary by giving it a proper etymology. (Wiktionary)
- Probably blend of bar1 and obsolete legister, legist; see legist. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“He is what they call a barrister, with nothing to do.”
“Although the word barrister is not used in the USA, all lawyers in America have to be members of the “bar” and to register with the Bar Association in order to practice.”
“In Pickwick Papers we read about a certain barrister who was described as a promising young man of about forty.”
“Lord Mansfield whenever a barrister pronounced a Latin word with a false quantity.”
“So likening you to one of them - as opposed to a "barrister" - could presumably be argued to be incapable of carrying a defamatory meaning.”
“He quoted Lord Denning that in the dictionary for example the word barrister comes directly after bankrupt and just before bastard.”
“I heard of one case here in England (unreported, the barrister was a friend-of-a-friend) where a lorry driver who went through a red light and hit a cyclist was held not to be liable because the lorry driver's barrister persuaded the judge that riding a bicycle through Manchester city centre was so recklessly foolhardy that the cyclist was "volens" as to the risk ...”
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“It is surprisingly engaging and I find that he holds my attention to the very end, but then as I remind myself, as a barrister, that is exactly what he has spent the larger part of his life doing....”
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