Definition of judge in English:


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Pronunciation: /dʒʌdʒ


  • 1A public officer appointed to decide cases in a law court: he is due to appear before a judge and jury on Monday a High Court Judge
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    • The judges made this particular aspect of public policy and the judges are entitled to change it.
    • It has to be applied in a variety of cases, and it is a matter for the judges of the Family Law Court as to whether it applies to a particular case.
    • That would pass over sentencing powers from judges to probation officers, which is the exact opposite of what she said when she began her speech.
    justice, magistrate, His/Her/Your Honour; Law Lord, Lord Justice; (judges) the judiciary; in England & Wales recorder; in Scotland sheriff; in the Isle of Man deemster; in the Channel Islands jurat; North American jurist, surrogate; Spanish alcalde
    informal beak, m'lud
    historical reeve
    Scottish historical sheriff-depute, bailie
  • 1.1A person who decides the results of a competition: a distinguished panel of judges select the winning design
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    • Mr Lewis will head a panel of judges to select the winning entry.
    • For the 2001 National Open Framing Competition, three judges selected these winners from among the eight entries.
    • London United, the Fulwell-based bus company, is just the ticket for passengers, decided the judges in a prestigious competition.
  • 1.2A person able or qualified to give an opinion on something: she was a good judge of character
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    • Is she therefore a good judge of character and ability?
    • A scratch golfer who mixes freely with professionals in that game, McGwire is a good judge of what he sees and hears around the circuit.
    • He had a great attachment to the soil and was a good judge of stock.
  • 2A leader having temporary authority in ancient Israel in the period between Joshua and the kings. See also Judges.
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    • After him, the period of the judges began, the judges made sure that the Jews were acting properly.
    • Deborah was the only woman to be a judge of Israel, a position equal to that of a king.


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  • Congress voted last fall to create 15 new district judgeships, but the last time appeals courts were expanded was 1990.
  • That's why local judgeships are so rife with corruption.
  • There are no open primaries for New York Supreme Court judgeships.


Middle English: from Old French juge (noun), juger (verb), from Latin judex, judic-, from jus 'law' + dicere 'to say'.

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