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

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Eng. Law) One of the senior and governing members of an Inn of Court.
  • noun engraving An alderman of a corporation.
  • noun obsolete A member of a court or council.
  • noun obsolete One who frequents the benches of a tavern; an idler.

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

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

Etymologies

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bench +‎ -er.

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