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

  • noun A high judicial officer in medieval England.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to the law; legal; relating to the administration of justice.
  • noun An administrator of justice; a justice or judge.
  • noun In early English history, the chief administrator of both government and justice.
  • noun In theology, one who trusts in the justice or uprightness of his own conduct.
  • noun Administration of justice or of criminal law; judiciary.

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

  • noun (Old Eng. Law) An old name for the judges of the higher English courts.
  • noun (Scots Law) the supreme criminal court, having jurisdiction over the whole of Scotland.

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

  • noun obsolete A justiciar
  • noun obsolete The office of a justiciar

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

  • noun formerly a high judicial officer
  • noun the jurisdiction of a justiciar


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

[Medieval Latin iūstitiāria, from feminine of iūstitiārius, of the administration of justice, from Latin iūstitia, justice; see justice.]



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