bar·​ris·​ter ˈber-ə-stər How to pronounce barrister (audio)
: a counsel admitted to plead at the bar and undertake the public trial of causes in an English superior court compare solicitor

Examples of barrister in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Still the barrister found time to step out for dinner in New York City. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 21 Sep. 2023 Her father was a barrister, her mother a daughter of a successful merchant. Jess Bidgood, New York Times, 19 Jan. 2024 On Thursday Spacey’s barrister will deliver his closing statement before the jury is asked to retire and reach a verdict. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 19 July 2023 During a New York City date night, the chic barrister complemented her party-appropriate look with a blazer that could be borrowed from her husband’s wardrobe. Alex Kessler, Vogue, 14 Dec. 2023 Amal Clooney is a certified barrister by day, and majors in dazzling eveningwear by night. Alex Kessler, Vogue, 12 Dec. 2023 The investigation and subsequent 77-page report was completed by Karon Monaghan, a barrister. Andrew Kersley, WIRED, 28 Nov. 2023 Jag Bains, a 25-year-old truck company owner from Washington, was crowned the winner of the record-setting 100-day season over fellow alliance member Matt Klotz, a 27-year-old Deaflympics swimmer from Louisiana, and Bowie Jane Ball, a 46-year-old Australian DJ and barrister. Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 10 Nov. 2023 The 25-year-old truck company owner from Omak, Wash., outlasted Matt Klotz, 27, a Deaflympics swimmer and the first deaf contestant on the show, and Bowie Jane Ball, a 46-year-old Australian DJ and barrister, to cash in on the $750,000 prize. Jonah Valdez, Los Angeles Times, 10 Nov. 2023

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Word History


Middle English barrester, from barre bar + -ster (as in legister lawyer)

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of barrister was in the 15th century

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“Barrister.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Legal Definition


bar·​ris·​ter ˈbar-ə-stər How to pronounce barrister (audio)
: a lawyer who argues cases before a British court
especially : one who is allowed to argue before a British high court compare solicitor

Note: Many countries in the Commonwealth (as England and Australia) and the Republic of Ireland divide the legal profession into barristers and solicitors. In Canada, every lawyer is both a barrister and a solicitor, although individual lawyers may describe themselves as one or the other. Scotland uses the term advocate to refer to lawyers allowed to argue cases in its courts.

: lawyer

Middle English barrester, from barre bar + -ster (as in legister lawyer)

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