barrister n[Middle English barrester , from barre bar + -ster (as in legister lawyer)]
1 : a lawyer who argues cases before a British court
: 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.
2 : lawyer
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.