• IPA: /ˈmædʒɪstɹeɪt/, /ˈmædʒɪstɹət/

magistrate (plural magistrates)

  1. (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.
  2. (historical) A high official of the state or a municipality in ancient Greece or Rome.
  3. (historical, by extension) A comparable official in medieval or modern institutions.
  4. (Quebec) A master's degree.
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