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barrister

[bar-uh-ster] /ˈbær ə stər/
noun, Law.
1.
(in England) a lawyer who is a member of one of the Inns of Court and who has the privilege of pleading in the higher courts.
Compare solicitor (def 4).
2.
Informal. any lawyer.
Origin of barrister
1535-1545
1535-45; derivative of bar1, perhaps after obsolete legister lawyer or minister
Related forms
barristerial
[bar-uh-steer-ee-uh l] /ˌbær əˈstɪər i əl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • On her account a barrister on the Temple Stairs was near to letting fall his bag in the water.

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  • He's a schoolmaster and a barrister and a poet and heaven knows what not.

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  • You see Christabel Pankhurst has been turned down as a barrister.

    Mrs. Warren's Daughter Sir Harry Johnston
  • The last sentence in the barrister's letter begins with "I despair."

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  • When the debt appeared to be prim facie proved, the barrister turned to the defendant, and perhaps asked him if he disputed it?

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  • And whilst I toyed with her charming daughter, she sent for a barrister.

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British Dictionary definitions for barrister

barrister

/ˈbærɪstə/
noun
1.
Also called barrister-at-law. (in England) a lawyer who has been called to the bar and is qualified to plead in the higher courts Compare solicitor See also advocate, counsel
2.
(in Canada) a lawyer who pleads in court
3.
(US) a less common word for lawyer
Word Origin
C16: from bar1
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Word Origin and History for barrister
n.

1540s, "a student of law who has been called to the bar," from bar (n.3) in the legal sense + -ster. Also see attorney. The second element is obscure.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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