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noun, plural judge advocates. Military.
  1. a staff officer designated as legal adviser to a commander and charged with the administration of military justice.
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Origin of judge advocate

First recorded in 1740–50
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Historical Examples

  • "Sir Terence is right, I think, sir," the judge-advocate supported.

    The Snare

    Rafael Sabatini

  • After the judge-advocate reads the oath, say, "I do" or "So help me God."

  • In 1662 a judge-advocate, John Fowler, was first appointed to the fleet.

  • I came in, handed my defence to the judge-advocate, who read it aloud to the court.

    Peter Simple

    Frederick Marryat

  • The judge-advocate is then sworn, and the order for the court-martial read.

    Frank Mildmay

    Captain Frederick Marryat


British Dictionary definitions for judge advocate

judge advocate

noun plural judge advocates
  1. an officer who superintends proceedings at a military court martial
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