[ maj-uh-streyt ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
Late Middle English; Latin from Latin magistratus ‘administrator’, from magister ‘master’
  • balif
  • judge
  • justice
  • justice of the peace
a civil officer or lay judge who administers the law, especially one who conducts a court that deals with minor offenses and holds preliminary hearings for more serious ones
The criminal was required to appear before the magistrate.
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