Definition of barrister in English:

barrister

(also barrister-at-law)

noun

British
  • A lawyer entitled to practice as an advocate, particularly in the higher courts.

    Compare with attorney, solicitor
    • ‘This is not dissimilar to charges of professional misconduct as a barrister or solicitor.’
    • ‘Should you be able to sue barristers and solicitors who are negligent in acting for you in a legal case?’
    • ‘The two sides of the profession, barristers and solicitors, continue to exist, and both have expanded numerically.’
    • ‘Instead I started by approaching solicitors and barristers known to me to seek access to their clients.’
    • ‘Francis had used five different firms of solicitors and six defence barristers.’
    • ‘You are the first barrister without a solicitor that has ever appeared in front of me.’
    • ‘They may be inclined to agree to suggestions put to them by others, or, indeed, by barristers in the courtroom.’
    • ‘The barristers, or advocates, wear the garb they would wear in courts in their own homeland.’
    • ‘We contend there is available insurance for barristers and solicitor advocates.’
    • ‘A further 50 questionnaires were sent to commercial and construction barristers.’
    • ‘If there is anybody who knows an honest barrister or solicitor that can help me with my defence and so, please let me know.’
    • ‘A decision has been taken that the judge Mr Justice Hooper and barristers are not to wear wigs or gowns.’
    • ‘So what is it about politics that attracts so many solicitors and barristers?’
    • ‘They also said there should be reviews of the codes of conduct for barristers and solicitors.’
    • ‘The BBC reports that the judge and the barristers removed their wigs and gowns to make the courtroom less intimidating.’
    • ‘He was grilled in the witness box for 15 days by the prosecution and defence barristers on the issue.’
    • ‘The Group can also receive payments from panel solicitors, barristers and mobile doctors.’
    • ‘So both barristers and judges have to be very careful that they deal with juries in a way that helps them to deal with the subject matter.’
    • ‘The defendants are represented by a defence team of three barristers and two solicitors.’
    • ‘There is no reason to fear a flood of negligence suits against barristers.’
    advocate, lawyer, professional pleader, counsel, queen's counsel, qc, defending counsel, prosecuting counsel
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Origin

Late Middle English: from the noun bar, perhaps on the pattern of minister.

Pronunciation

barrister

/ˈberəstər//ˈbɛrəstər/