Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that sits on a bench.
  • n. Chiefly British A member of the inner or higher bar who acts as a governor of one of the Inns of Court.
  • n. One, such as a magistrate, who occupies a bench.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One of the senior governing members of an Inn of Court.
  • n. An alderman of a corporation.
  • n. A member of a court or council.
  • n. One who frequents the benches of a tavern; an idler.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the senior and governing members of an Inn of Court.
  • n. An alderman of a corporation.
  • n. A member of a court or council.
  • n. One who frequents the benches of a tavern; an idler.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In England, one of the senior members of an inn of court, who have the government of the society.
  • n. One who occupies an official bench; a judge; sometimes, specifically, a municipal or local magistrate; an alderman or justice.
  • n. One who frequents the benches of a tavern; an idler.

Etymologies

bench +‎ -er. (Wiktionary)

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