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- n. In the United Kingdom, a barrister selected to serve as counsel for the British Crown. First used in 1689.
- n. In Canada, an honorific status conferred by the federal or provincial governments to senior or meritorious lawyers.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. barristers learned in the law, who have been called within the bar, and selected to be the king's or queen's counsel. They answer in some measure to the advocates of the revenue (advocati fisci) among the Romans. They can not be employed against the crown without special license.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. Counsel to the Crown when the British monarch is a king
In his historical account of the penal laws, published at the time when partial relief had only just been granted, the eminent lawyer, Charles Butler, the first Catholic to be called to the Bar after the Catholic Relief Act of 1791, and the first to be appointed King's Counsel after the Catholic