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a senior member of an Inn of Court.
a member of the House of Commons.

a person who handles an oar; rower.
Historical Examples

Nineteenth Century Questions James Freeman Clarke
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4 Various
Obiter Dicta Augustine Birrell
Obiter Dicta Augustine Birrell
A Book About Lawyers John Cordy Jeaffreson
Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 99., October 11, 1890 Various
The Prime Minister Anthony Trollope
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 16, Slice 6 Various
Brief Lives (Vol. 2 of 2) John Aubrey
Old and New London Walter Thornbury

noun (often pl) (Brit)
a member of the governing body of one of the Inns of Court, usually a judge or a Queen’s Counsel
See backbencher


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