magistrate etymology

English word magistrate comes from Latin magister

Detailed word origin of magistrate

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
magister Latin (lat) Master; a title of the Middle Ages, given to a person in authority or to one having a license from a university to teach philosophy and the liberal arts. Teacher.
magistratus Latin (lat) A magisterial office, civil office, magistracy. A magistrate, official.
magistrate English (eng) (Quebec) A master's degree.. (historical) A high official of the state or a municipality in ancient Greece or Rome.. (historical, by extension) A comparable official in medieval or modern institutions.. (legal) A judicial officer with limited authority to administer and enforce the law. A magistrate's court may have jurisdiction in civil or criminal cases, or both.

Words with the same origin as magistrate

Descendants of magister
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