Entry from US English dictionary
A written order issued by a judge authorizing the arrest of a person charged with some contempt, crime, or misdemeanor.
- The judge then issued a bench warrant for her arrest.
- When she again did not come to court, the judge issued a bench warrant charging her with failure to appear.
- There had been a bench warrant issued for his arrest, and his bail was about to be revoked.
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Syllabification: bench war·rant
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