Definitions

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

Etymologies

Probably blend of bar1 and obsolete legister, legist; see legist.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)

Examples

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  • He is what they call a barrister, with nothing to do.

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  • 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.

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  • In Pickwick Papers we read about a certain barrister who was described as a promising young man of about forty.

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  • Lord Mansfield whenever a barrister pronounced a Latin word with a false quantity.

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  • So likening you to one of them - as opposed to a "barrister" - could presumably be argued to be incapable of carrying a defamatory meaning.

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  • He quoted Lord Denning that in the dictionary for example the word barrister comes directly after bankrupt and just before bastard.

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  • 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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  • Mandaric, the current Sheffield Wednesday owner, has suffered stress, high blood pressure and sleepless nights in the four years of investigation and trial, waking up at 2.30am with the cases churning in his mind, then, often, calling his barrister, Lord Macdonald QC.

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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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