What does Magistrate mean?

Definitions for Magistrate
ˈmædʒ əˌstreɪt, -strɪtmag·is·trate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. magistratenoun

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


  1. magistratenoun

    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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


    A man publickly invested with authority; a governour; an executor of the laws.

    Etymology: magistratus, Latin.

    They chuse their magistrate!
    And such a one as he, who puts his shall,
    His popular shall, against a graver bench
    Than ever frown’d in Greece. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    I treat here of those legal punishments which magistrates inflict upon their disobedient subjects. Decay of Piety.


  1. magistrate

    A magistrate is a civil officer or judge who administers the law, typically in a town, district or county, dealing with minor offenses, pre-trial hearings, and other legal matters that don't require a jury. They are sometimes referred to as justices of the peace and their power and jurisdiction vary depending on the particular laws of the region in which they work.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Magistratenoun

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

  2. Etymology: [L. magistratus, fr. magister master: cf. F. magistrat. See Master.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Magistrate

    maj′is-trāt, n. a person entrusted with the power of putting the laws in force: a justice of the peace.—n. Mag′istracy, the office or dignity of a magistrate: the body of magistrates.—adj. Mag′istral, magisterial: specially prescribed or made up, as a medicine: effectual.—n. (fort.) the guiding line determining the other positions: a special preacher in Spanish cathedrals, &c.—n. Magistrand′, an arts student ready to proceed to graduation, at Aberdeen.—adj. Magistrat′ic. [O. Fr.,—L. magistratus, magister.]

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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Magistrate in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Magistrate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Magistrate in a Sentence

  1. Grover Cleveland:

    Your every voter, as surely as your chief magistrate, exercises a public trust.

  2. Taylor Budowich:

    Today, magistrate Judge Reinhard [sic] rejected the DOJ’s cynical attempt to hide the whole affidavit from Americans, no redactions should be necessary and the whole affidavit should bereleased, given the Democrats’ penchant for using redactions to hide government corruption, just like they did with the Russia hoax.

  3. Bertrand Russell:

    It is obvious that 'obscenity' is not a term capable of exact legal definition in the practice of the Courts, it means 'anything that shocks the magistrate.'

  4. Former President Trump:

    On a phony pretext from a highly political magistrate who they hand-picked late in the evening just days before the break-in and trampled upon my rights and civil liberties as if our country that we love so much were a third world nation, we’re like a third world nation.

  5. Pankaj Nain:

    The victim is 10 years old but may be one or two years older, the stepfather has been arrested and is in jail. The victim has been given counseling and necessary medical care, and her statement was recorded before a magistrate.

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