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English definition of “magistrate”

magistrate

noun [C]     /ˈmædʒ.ɪ.streɪt/ /-strət/
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.Judges and juries
(Definition of magistrate noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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