from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly British A lawyer admitted to plead at the bar in the superior courts.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A lawyer with the right to speak and argue as an advocate in higher lawcourts.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a British or Canadian lawyer who speaks in the higher courts of law on behalf of either the defense or prosecution
Probably blend of bar1 and obsolete legister, legist; see legist.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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