noun English Law.
a body of barristers who are lower in rank than the King's Counsel or Queen's Counsel, and who plead outside the bar in the court.
a member of this body of barristers.
What Is the Difference Between Attorney and Lawyer? How About Counsel and Counselor?
Lawyer is a general term for a person who gives legal device and aid and who conducts suits in court. What’s the difference between lawyer and attorney? An attorney or, more correctly, an attorney-at-law, is a member of the legal profession who represents a client in court when pleading or defending a case. In the US, attorney applies to any lawyer. The word attorney comes from French meaning ‘one appointed or constituted’ and the word’s …
Lexical Investigations: Stuff
As a noun and a verb, the word stuff has had many lives, dating all the way back to the 1300s. The sense of wool and cloth is chiefly British. In the nineteenth century, a junior barrister was called a “stuff gownsman,” because his robes were made of wool, unlike a barrister appointed to the Queen’s Council, who was called a “silk gownsman,” and whose promotion …
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