a person who sits on a bench, as a judge or member of the British Parliament
- One that sits on a bench.
- Chiefly British A member of the inner or higher bar who acts as a governor of one of the Inns of Court.
- One, such as a magistrate, who occupies a bench.
- (Canada, law) A senior member of a law society in a Canadian province (except New Brunswick).
bench + -er.