Definition of deemster in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdiːmstə/

Entry from British & World English dictionary


A judge (of whom there are two) in the Isle of Man judiciary.
Example sentences
  • The deemster said he accepted there had been a delay in bringing the case to trial and had reduced the jail terms substantially as a result.
  • The bishop was entitled to appoint to all livings lapsed for 6 months (although in 1541 the deemsters had ruled that the Lord of the Isle should control such appointments).
  • Illiam Dhone's sons, George and Ewan, presented petitions for redress, and, after some delay, the earl, the deemsters, and three other members of ‘the pretended court of justice’ were brought before the King in Council.


Middle English (originally a general word for a judge): from deem + -ster. The current sense dates from the early 17th century.

Words that rhyme with deemster


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