Definition of barrister in English:


Line breaks: bar|ris¦ter
Pronunciation: /ˈbarɪstə
(also barrister-at-law)


chiefly British
  • A person called to the bar and entitled to practise as an advocate, particularly in the higher courts. Compare with attorney, solicitor.
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    • 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.
    advocate, lawyer, professional pleader, counsel, Queen's Counsel, QC, defending counsel, prosecuting counsel; North American attorney, counselor(-at-law)
    informal brief
    British historical serjeant-at-law
    (barristers) British the Bar


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

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