noun Date: 15th century one who sits on or presides at a bench

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  • Bencher — Bench er, n. 1. (Eng. Law) One of the senior and governing members of an Inn of Court. [1913 Webster] 2. An alderman of a corporation. [Eng.] Ashmole. [1913 Webster] 3. A member of a court or council. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. One who… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • bencher — [ben′cher] n. a person who sits on a bench, as a judge or member of the British Parliament …   English World dictionary

  • Bencher — For the prayer book used on Jewish holidays, see Birkat Hamazon. Combined arms of the four Inns of Court. Clockwise from top left: Lincoln s Inn, Middle Temple, Gray s Inn, Inner Temple. A bencher or Master of the Bench is a senior member of an… …   Wikipedia

  • Bencher — Recorded in several forms including Bence, Bench, Bencher, and the dialectals Bunchar and Buncher, this is an English surname. It has two possible origins. The first is from the pre medieval Latin personal name Benedictus, meaning blessed . This… …   Surnames reference

  • bencher — One of the senior or governing members of one of the English Inns of Court. As soon as a member has been appointed king s counsel or queen s counsel, it is customary for his fellow members to elect him as a bencher …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • bencher — /ben cheuhr/, n. (in England) 1. a senior member of an Inn of Court. 2. a member of the House of Commons. 3. a person who handles an oar; rower. [1525 35; BENCH + ER1] * * * …   Universalium

  • bencher — bench·er || bentʃə n. judge …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bencher — noun Law (in the UK) a senior member of any of the Inns of Court …   English new terms dictionary

  • bencher — bench·er …   English syllables

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