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1. One that sits on a bench.
2. Chiefly British A member of the inner or higher bar who acts as a governor of one of the Inns of Court.
3. One, such as a magistrate, who occupies a bench.


n (often plural)
1. (Law) a member of the governing body of one of the Inns of Court, usually a judge or a Queen's Counsel
2. (Parliamentary Procedure) See backbencher


(ˈbɛn tʃər)

(in England)
a. a senior member of one of the Inns of Court.
b. a member of Parliament.
References in classic literature ?
All this they read with saucer eyes, and erect and primitive curiosity, and with unwearied gizzard, whose corrugations even yet need no sharpening, just as some little four-year-old bencher his two-cent gilt-covered edition of Cinderella -- without any improvement, that I can see, in the pronunciation, or accent, or emphasis, or any more skill in extracting or inserting the moral.
Good things have been said about it by blue-nosed, bulbous-shoed old benchers in select port- wine committee after dinner in hall.
The benchers determined to have his door broken open, as he hadn't paid any rent for two years.
He was elected a Bencher of the Inn of Court for Northern Ireland in 1988.
Only 28 wild animals are still used in circuses in the UK but many MPs say it is time to end the practice entirely, and MPs will vote on laws - proposed by a back-back bencher, not the government - on Friday.
During her speech, Kagan recounted some of her outings with fellow bencher Antonin Scalia.
The Prince is the sixth member of the Royal Family to be called to the Bench as a Royal Bencher and is following in the footsteps of the Queen Mother, called in 1944, and his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, called in 1988.
Tighe, Sarah Allan, Kaspar Baumeister, Jay Behr, John Bencher, Mark Briggs, Frank Brodbeck, Takashi Ehira, Magdalena Glen, Ivar Gudmunson, George Hernandez, Martin Krammer, Ming Lee, Francisco Mouzo, Christopher Payne, Kinga Racon, Robyn Sambo, Andreas Schaller, Bennet Shen, Mark Sich, Craig Shimahara, Tadao Shimizu, Steve Slaughter, Brandon Welling, Eui-Sung Yi
The Labour leader will hit back on education despite the embarrassment caused by front bencher Harriet Harman sending her son to an exclusive school.
LABOUR back bencher Shami Chakrabarti sent her son to a private, very expensive, prep school in London.
Eric Owen Moss, Jay Vanos, Dennis Ige, John Bencher, Todd Conversano, Scott M.