Definitions

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

  • n. One who has thorough knowledge and experience of law, especially an eminent judge, lawyer, or legal scholar. Also called jurisprudent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a judge
  • n. an expert in law or jurisprudence

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who professes the science of law; one versed in the law, especially in the civil law, such as a judge, lawyer, or legal scholar; a writer on civil and international law.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who professes the science of law; one versed in the law, or more particularly in the civil law; one who writes on the subject of law.
  • n. In universities, a student in the faculty of law.

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

  • n. a public official authorized to decide questions brought before a court of justice
  • n. a legal scholar versed in civil law or the law of nations

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French juriste, from Medieval Latin iūrista, from Latin iūs, iūr-, law; see yewes- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Conversely, senators never inquire as to whether a jurist is really the best choice among jurists, professors and lawyers who are widely cited as the intellectual leaders of their generation.

    Senate's way is no way to confirm a judicial MVP

  • This illustrious jurist is equally distinguished as an author and explorer.

    Law and Survival

  • Manion, a great modern American jurist, is but echoing William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania, possibly the freest of all states in its early decades, the most jealous and observant of human dignity, human values and human justice which modern history notes.

    The Fundamental Liberties

  • A fundamentalist church protesting a commencement address by Supreme Court Justice William Brennan hired a plane to tow a banner calling the jurist a "baby killer" and exhorting followers to pray for his death.

    I Pray the Lord Your Soul to Take

  • People are now beginning to openly question the institution of the velayat-e faqih, or the rule of the jurist, which is the Khomeinist system of governance that was implemented in 1979.

    Will Khamenei sacrifice Ahmadinejad to save himself?

  • "Oh, yes," said he, "a jurist is a man who knows something about the law of every country but his own."

    Autobiography of Seventy Years, Vol. 1-2

  • Bushrod Washington, a member of the United States Supreme Court, and well known as a jurist of high attainments and great powers of mind, in the case of

    History of Woman Suffrage, Volume II

  • Where there is such a legislation, it becomes, in actual application to it, a system of positive right and law; and he who is versed in the knowledge of this system is called a jurist or jurisconsult (jurisconsultus).

    The Science of Right

  • Now, the interesting thing is that she goes up there in the opening statement and tries to sound like Roberts and Alito, a Main Street conservative jurist, which is fascinating because what it says is that's what she and the

    Knowledge is Power

  • Fr.Z. points out that Kmiec appears to be misreading the term "jurist," which has a different meaning in the U.S. than it does in Europe.

    Insight Scoop | The Ignatius Press Blog:

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