Definitions for magistrateˈmædʒ əˌstreɪt, -strɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mag•is•trateˈmædʒ əˌstreɪt, -strɪt(n.)

  1. a civil officer charged with the administration of the law.

    Category: Government, Law

  2. a minor judicial officer, as a justice of the peace, having jurisdiction to try minor criminal cases and to conduct preliminary examinations of persons charged with serious crimes.

    Category: Government, Law

Origin of magistrate:

1350–1400; < L magistrātus=magist(e)rmaster+-ātus -ate3


Princeton's WordNet

  1. magistrate(noun)

    a lay judge or civil authority who administers the law (especially one who conducts a court dealing with minor offenses)


  1. magistrate(Noun)

    A judicial officer with limited authority to administer and enforce the law. A magistrate's court may have jurisdiction in civil or criminal cases, or both.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Magistrate(noun)

    a person clothed with power as a public civil officer; a public civil officer invested with the executive government, or some branch of it


  1. Magistrate

    A magistrate is an officer of the state; in modern usage the term usually refers to a judge. This was not always the case; in ancient Rome, a magistratus was one of the highest government officers and possessed both judicial and executive powers. Today, in common law systems, a magistrate has limited law enforcement and administration authority. In civil law systems, a magistrate might be a judge in a superior court; the magistrates' court might have jurisdiction over civil and criminal cases. A related, but not always equivalent, term is chief magistrate, which historically can denote a political and administrative officer.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'magistrate' in Nouns Frequency: #1441

Anagrams of magistrate

  1. sterigmata

Translations for magistrate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a person who has power to put the laws into force and sentence those guilty of lesser crimes.

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