[ juh-stish-ee-er ]
/ dʒʌˈstɪʃ i ər /


a high judicial officer in medieval England.
the chief political and judicial officer in England from the reign of William I to that of Henry III.

Origin of justiciar

1475–85; < Medieval Latin jūsticiārius justiciary

Related forms

jus·ti·ci·ar·ship, noun
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/ (dʒʌˈstɪʃɪˌɑː) /


English legal history the chief political and legal officer from the time of William I to that of Henry III, who deputized for the king in his absence and presided over the kings' courtsAlso called: justiciary

Derived Forms

justiciarship, noun
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