magistrate
[ maj-uh-streyt ]
next word >>
Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
Late Middle English; Latin from Latin magistratus ‘administrator’, from magister ‘master’
Synonyms
  • balif
  • judge
  • justice
  • justice of the peace
Definition
a civil officer or lay judge who administers the law, especially one who conducts a court that deals with minor offenses and holds preliminary hearings for more serious ones
Example
The criminal was required to appear before the magistrate.
Usage Over Time

Stay Connected

Sign up to receive the word of the day, sent straight to your inbox.

By submitting this form, you are agreeing to our Terms of Use.