Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A lawyer who is authorized to appear and present cases at any court in a jurisdiction.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun law, chiefly UK, New Zealand A lawyer with the right to speak and argue as an advocate in higher lawcourts.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a British or Canadian lawyer who speaks in the higher courts of law on behalf of either the defense or prosecution

Etymologies

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

[Probably blend of bar and obsolete legister, legist; see legist.]

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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.

Examples

  • I'm writing from Nigeria -- not with an email that uses the word "barrister" and attempts to scam you out of thousands of your hard-earned dollars -- but rather as a visitor to this country that regularly turns up as a punch line on late night TV.

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

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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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  • 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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