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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 ?
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.
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.
Global Banking News-November 13, 2017--Australia's cross benchers to vote for royal commission
However, the Prime Minister should move on this matter before being forced to do so by her back benchers, or even ministers, let alone opinion polls.
Tory benchers are around Cameron like round bleeding carcass If they lose this referendum their anger will bubble over.
It's a deliberate policy choice by Labour locally, as some of their back benchers tacitly concede through their opposition.
I find this a strange action by the Government that they will sack one of their back benchers for defying them yet they would not sack Maria Miller who overclaimed around PS45,000 of interest on her mortgage.
Although no official benchers are included in the signatories, but in the background of it all, Sardar Attiq does have the inside support of a major group of these official benchers.
PESHAWAR, July 13 -- Call for end to back benchers concept
The Queen said in her message to her grandson: "I regret that I am unable to be with you this evening for your call to the Bench which follows in the tradition of Royal Benchers established at Middle Temple for my great-grandfather, the Prince of Wales, in 1861.
There has been far too much sniping from his own back benchers against a man who was handed more problems than he deserved and then having the world crisis of the credit crunch.