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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Example sentences for barristers
Chorus of bridesmaids, gentlemen of the jury, barristers, attorneys and public.
Barristers are also engaged by solicitors to provide specialist advice on points of law.
In court, barristers are often visibly distinguished from solicitors by their apparel.
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