- a civil officer charged with the administration of the law.
- a minor judicial officer, as a justice of the peace or the judge of a police court, having jurisdiction to try minor criminal cases and to conduct preliminary examinations of persons charged with serious crimes.
Origin of magistrate
Examples from the Web for magistrate
But Jackson disregarded him and went straight to the magistrate.Stonewall Jackson, VMI’s Most Embattled Professor
S. C. Gwynne
November 29, 2014
She had thought it legal as the greyhounds were muzzled and the magistrate gave her an absolute discharge.The Week in Death: Clarissa Dickson Wright, One of ‘Two Fat Ladies’
March 22, 2014
The magistrate was informed that Loewen had already told authorities that his wife oversaw the family finances.
On Friday afternoon, Loewen was brought in shackles before U.S. Magistrate Karen Humphreys in federal court in Wichita.
The magistrate said to the wife, Deborah Loewen, “I know all of this must be upsetting.”
In this instance, the populace are more puritanic than the magistrate.Old News
At last, however, a magistrate was found and a private investigation of his case granted.Ridgeway
The magistrate thought a moment, and replied, "Alice Darvil."Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
At this very moment the soldiers, preceded by a magistrate, entered the room.
The magistrate cast a glance at a small note at the top of his papers.
Word Origin and History for magistrate
late 14c., "civil officer in charge of administering laws," from Old French magistrat, from Latin magistratus "a magistrate, public functionary," originally "magisterial rank or office," from magistrare "serve as a magistrate," from magister "chief, director" (see master). Related: Magistracy.