noun Law.
(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 ).
Informal. any lawyer.

1535–45; derivative of bar1, perhaps after obsolete legister lawyer or minister

barristerial [bar-uh-steer-ee-uhl] , adjective Unabridged
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barrister (ˈbærɪstə)
1.  Compare solicitor advocate See also counsel 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
2.  (in Canada) a lawyer who pleads in court
3.  (US) a less common word for lawyer
[C16: from bar1]

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Word Origin & History

1540s, "a student of law who has been called to the bar," from bar (3) in the legal sense. Also see attorney.
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