A jurist is someone who is an expert in details of the legal system. Sometimes the word jurist is used to refer specifically to a lawyer or judge. If you love the law, you might want to be a jurist one day.

If you become a jurist, you'll be a scholar who has studied the details and theories of law. You might work as a newspaper's legal expert or a college professor. In the U.S., it's common to refer to a judge or another legal professional as a jurist. So you might describe the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court as the top jurist in the country. Jurist comes from the Latin ius, "a right or a law."

Definitions of jurist

n a legal scholar versed in civil law or the law of nations

legal expert
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Jeremy Bentham
English philosopher and jurist; founder of utilitarianism (1748-1831)
Huig de Groot
Dutch jurist and diplomat whose writings established the basis of modern international law (1583-1645)
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
United States jurist noted for his liberal opinions (1841-1935)
John Marshall
United States jurist; as chief justice of the Supreme Court he established the principles of United States constitutional law (1755-1835)
Harlan Fiske Stone
United States jurist who served on the United States Supreme Court as chief justice (1872-1946)
a jurist who interprets Muslim religious law
grand mufti
the chief mufti of a district
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expert, pundit
a person with special knowledge or ability who performs skillfully

n a public official authorized to decide questions brought before a court of justice

judge, justice
(Old Testament) a judge of Israel who performed herculean feats of strength against the Philistines until he was betrayed to them by his mistress Delilah
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a mayor or chief magistrate of a Spanish town
chief justice
the judge who presides over a supreme court
a wise and upright judge
formerly the chief magistrate in the republics of Venice and Genoa
justiciar, justiciary
formerly a high judicial officer
a lay judge or civil authority who administers the law (especially one who conducts a court dealing with minor offenses)
a judge of a probate court
praetor, pretor
an annually elected magistrate of the ancient Roman Republic
an Islamic judge
a barrister or solicitor who serves as part-time judge in towns or boroughs
trial judge
a judge in a trial court
one (as a judge) who examines and settles a case
justice of the peace
a local magistrate with limited powers
stipendiary, stipendiary magistrate
(United Kingdom) a paid magistrate (appointed by the Home Secretary) dealing with police cases
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a person who studies and settles conflicts and disputes
functionary, official
a worker who holds or is invested with an office

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