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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, Michelle Dockery, the barrister prosecuting the MP, is holding on to a few big secrets. Matthew Gilbert,, 23 Nov. 2022 Similar to its ancestors, this barrister cabinet offers plenty of storage, with five individual shelves and glass doors. Kristina Mcguirk, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Oct. 2022 Monkey Puzzle Trees are native to Chile and got their moniker because their spiny branches led an English barrister in the 1800s to proclaim that climbing them would puzzle a monkey. Ted Glanzer, Hartford Courant, 3 Oct. 2022 At 184 pounds and almost 7 feet tall, this barrister bookshelf requires ample space to house. Kristina Mcguirk, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Oct. 2022 As for her glam, the Lebanese-British barrister added a pop of color with a pink lip. George, on the other hand, opted for a more casual look with a navy polo shirt and light-wash jeans. Giovana Gelhoren, Peoplemag, 23 Sep. 2022 Meanwhile, the glistening black hairpieces created by hairstylist Cyndia Harvey at Simone Rocha sat on top of the models’ own hair, almost barrister’s wig-esque—appropriate for the Old Bailey venue. Lauren Murdoch-smith, Vogue, 20 Sep. 2022 If the lawsuit ever goes to court, the barrister for the case will be David Sherborne, who won a major case for Meghan against the Mail on Sunday. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, 6 Oct. 2022 And Clare’s like a top barrister somewhere really cutthroat. Meredith Blakestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 3 Oct. 2022 See More

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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 30 Nov. 2022.

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

History and Etymology for barrister

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

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