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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [bar-uh-ster]
    • /ˈbær ə stər/
    • /ˈbær.ɪ.stər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [bar-uh-ster]
    • /ˈbær ə stər/

Definitions of barrister word

  • countable noun barrister In England and Wales, a barrister is a lawyer who represents clients in the higher courts of law. Compare solicitor. 3
  • noun barrister (in England) a lawyer who has been called to the bar and is qualified to plead in the higher courts 3
  • noun barrister (in Canada) a lawyer who pleads in court 3
  • noun barrister in England, a qualified member of the legal profession who presents and pleads cases in court; counselor-at-law 3
  • noun barrister (in England) a lawyer who is a member of one of the Inns of Court and who has the privilege of pleading in the higher courts. Compare solicitor (def 4). 1
  • noun barrister Informal. any lawyer. 1

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Origin of barrister

First appearance:

before 1535
One of the 29% oldest English words
1535-45; derivative of bar1, perhaps after obsolete legister lawyer or minister

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Parts of speech for Barrister


barrister popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 77% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for barrister

noun barrister

  • advocate — If you advocate a particular action or plan, you recommend it publicly.
  • counsel — Counsel is advice.
  • counselor — A counselor is a person whose job is to give advice to people who need it, especially advice on their personal problems.
  • lawyer — a person whose profession is to represent clients in a court of law or to advise or act for clients in other legal matters.
  • solicitor — a person who solicits.

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