bar·​ris·​ter | \ ˈber-ə-stər How to pronounce barrister (audio) , ˈba-rə- \

Definition of barrister

: 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 Fearing he would get tried for treason, Benjamin fled the country via the plantation before eventually becoming a barrister in England. Vanessa Hua,, "Plantation’s ugly history gets under the skin," 6 Feb. 2020 Why does the judge don his robe, the priest his surplice, the scholar his gown, the barrister his wig, the queen her crown? Michael Knox Beran, National Review, "Can Today’s Soulless Institutions Be Revived?," 6 Feb. 2020 Author of the award-winning bestseller Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech, Susskind is also a speaker and practicing barrister. Quartz, "Meet the Quartz UK Pros!," 19 Dec. 2019 Right behind her came her barrister, Fiona Shackleton, who represented Prince Charles in his 1996 divorce from Princess Diana. Joshua Hammer, Town & Country, "The Runaway Princesses of Dubai," 11 Dec. 2019 Sheikh Mohammed had also armed himself with a top barrister, Helen Ward, who represented film director Guy Ritchie in his divorce from Madonna. Joshua Hammer, Town & Country, "The Runaway Princesses of Dubai," 11 Dec. 2019 Dennis Kwok, a pro-democracy politician and barrister who represents the legal constituency in LegCo, notes that particular controversy surrounds elections within professional bodies that allow for proxy voting. The Economist, "China is using Kublai Khan’s methods to quell protests in Hong Kong," 29 Aug. 2019 In 1893, Gandhi took up his first job as a barrister in the British colony of South Africa. Sudev Sheth, Quartz India, "What Gandhi would’ve thought of today’s self-driving cars and e-commerce," 1 Oct. 2019 Following the article, a number of other former youth players came forward with similar allegations prompting a full investigation led by independent barrister Jack Mitchell., "Kevin MacDonald Leaves Aston Villa 'With Immediate Effect' Following Bullying Investigation," 21 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of barrister

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for barrister

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

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“Barrister.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of barrister

: a lawyer in Britain who has the right to argue in higher courts of law


bar·​ris·​ter | \ ˈbar-ə-stər How to pronounce barrister (audio) \

Legal Definition of barrister

1 : 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.

2 : lawyer

History and Etymology for barrister

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

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