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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
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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  • While there, he was unhappy, in part because his family wanted him to become a barrister.
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.

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