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  1. (in England)
    1. a senior member of an Inn of Court.
    2. a member of the House of Commons.
  2. a person who handles an oar; rower.
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Origin of bencher

First recorded in 1525–35; bench + -er1
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Historical Examples of 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

    Augustine Birrell

  • 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

    Anthony Trollope

  • Bencher, who has come down to preside over this entertainment, has a rather forbidding air about him.

British Dictionary definitions for bencher


noun (often plural) British
  1. a member of the governing body of one of the Inns of Court, usually a judge or a Queen's Counsel
  2. See backbencher
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