- (in England)
- a senior member of an Inn of Court.
- a member of the House of Commons.
- a person who handles an oar; rower.
Origin of bencher
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Examples from the Web for bencher
Nearly every Bencher was present, for fifty-five were there.Lord Randolph Churchill
Winston Spencer Churchill
In 1832 he took silk, and was made a bencher of Lincoln's Inn.
Now, there never yet was a Bencher of the name of Twopenny; though the mistake is easily accounted for.Obiter Dicta
He would take his silk as an honour for his declining years, so that he might become a bencher at his Inn.The Prime Minister
Bencher, who has come down to preside over this entertainment, has a rather forbidding air about him.
- a member of the governing body of one of the Inns of Court, usually a judge or a Queen's Counsel
- See backbencher
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