One who has thorough knowledge and experience of law, especially an eminent judge, lawyer, or legal scholar.
[Middle English, from Old French juriste, from Medieval Latin iūrista, from Latin iūs, iūr-, law; see yewes- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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