[syn: judge, justice, jurist]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Jurist \Ju`rist\, n. [F. juriste, LL. jurista, fr. L. jus,
juris, right, law. See Just, a.]
One who professes the science of law; one versed in the law,
especially in the civil law, such as a judge, lawyer, or
legal scholar; a writer on civil and international law.
It has ever been the method of public jurists to draw a
great part of the analogies on which they form the law
of nations from the principles of law which prevail in
civil community. --Burke.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a legal scholar versed in civil law or the law of nations
[syn: jurist, legal expert]
2: a public official authorized to decide questions brought
before a court of justice [syn: judge, justice, jurist]
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
JURIST. One well versed in the science of the law. The term is usually
applied to students and practitioners of law.