Share this entry
barrister Syllabification: bar·ris·ter
Pronunciation: /ˈberəstər/
(also barrister-at-law)

Definition of barrister in English:


chiefly British
A lawyer entitled to practice as an advocate, particularly in the higher courts. Compare with attorney, solicitor.
Example sentences
  • We contend there is available insurance for barristers and solicitor advocates.
  • Should you be able to sue barristers and solicitors who are negligent in acting for you in a legal case?
  • The barristers, or advocates, wear the garb they would wear in courts in their own homeland.


Late Middle English: from the noun bar1, perhaps on the pattern of minister.

Definition of barrister in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources