Meaning of magistrate

mag•is•trate

Pronunciation: (maj'u-strāt", -strit), [key]
— n.
  1. a civil officer charged with the administration of the law.
  2. a minor judicial officer, as a justice of the peace or the judge of a police court, having jurisdiction to try minor criminal cases and to conduct preliminary examinations of persons charged with serious crimes.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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