[ bar-uh-ster ]
/ ˈbær ə stər /

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.

Origin of barrister

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


bar·ris·te·ri·al [bar-uh-steer-ee-uhl], /ˌbær əˈstɪər i əl/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for barrister

/ (ˈbærɪstə) /


Also called: barrister-at-law (in England) a lawyer who has been called to the bar and is qualified to plead in the higher courtsCompare solicitor See also advocate, counsel
(in Canada) a lawyer who pleads in court
US a less common word for lawyer

Word Origin for barrister

C16: from bar 1
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