One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to a master or masters.
- ‘Thomas and Bonaventure at last were admitted to full magistral privileges August 12, 1257 with the bishop and most of the secular masters conspicuously absent.’
- ‘When he resigned as Grand Master in favour of Salviati he kept some of the magistral privileges, and when François died he reassumed the Grand Magistracy.’
Late 16th century: from French, or from Latin magistralis, from magister ‘master’.
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