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English definition of “magistrate”

magistrate

noun [C] uk   /ˈmædʒ.ɪ.streɪt/ /-strət/ us  
C1 a person who acts as a judge in a law court that deals with crimes that are not serious: He will appear before the magistrates tomorrow. Greenway appeared at Bow Street Magistrates' Court to face seven charges of accepting bribes.
(Definition of magistrate from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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