Etymology
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barrister (n.)

"one practicing as an advocate in English courts of law," 1540s, from bar (n.3) in the legal sense + -ster. Also see attorney. The middle element is obscure. Related: Barristerial.

updated on April 01, 2017

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Definitions of barrister from WordNet

barrister (n.)
a British or Canadian lawyer who speaks in the higher courts of law on behalf of either the defense or prosecution;
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