Meaning of “magistrate” in the English Dictionary

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"magistrate" in British English

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magistratenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈmædʒ.ɪ.streɪt/ /ˈmædʒ.ɪ.strət/ us /ˈmædʒ.ə.streɪt/ /ˈmædʒ.ə.strɪt/ UK US magistrate judge

C1 a person who acts as a judge in a law court that deals with crimes that are less serious:

He will appear before the magistrates tomorrow.
Greenway appeared at Bow Street Magistrates' Court to face seven charges of accepting bribes.

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  • He was hauled up in front of a magistrate.
  • If he doesn't pay the fine soon, he'll be up before the magistrate.
  • Paul is a magistrate.
  • I'm doing a course for magistrates.
  • How do you become a magistrate?.

(Definition of “magistrate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"magistrate" in American English

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magistratenoun [ C ]

us /ˈmædʒ·əˌstreɪt/

a judge in a law court who deals with crimes that are not serious

(Definition of “magistrate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"magistrate" in Business English

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magistratenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈmædʒɪstreɪt/ us LAW

a judge, often, in the UK, one without legal training, in a law court that deals with crimes that are not serious:

appear before/be brought before a magistrate He appeared before a federal magistrate in New Orleans to face charges of accepting bribes.
become/appoint a magistrate Every magistrate is appointed to a local criminal justice area.

(Definition of “magistrate” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)