[ ben-cher ]

  1. (in England)

    • a senior member of an Inn of Court.

    • a member of the House of Commons.

  2. a person who handles an oar; rower.

Origin of bencher

First recorded in 1525–35; bench + -er1

Words Nearby bencher Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use bencher in a sentence

  • If I were a bencher I would like to promote a pageant of these grand old litigants in honour of their service to the English law.

    The Law and the Poor | Edward Abbott Parry
  • No person is admitted without the approbation of a bencher, or of the benchers in council assembled.

    Old and New London | Walter Thornbury
  • Mr. Knill resided for some years previous to his death in Gray's Inn, and was a bencher of that society.

    Cornish Characters | S. Baring-Gould
  • The prince of Wales (George V.), a bencher of the society, filled the office of treasurer in 1904.

British Dictionary definitions for bencher


/ (ˈbɛntʃə) /

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

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