- the chief political and judicial officer under the Norman and early Plantagenet kings
- Archaic one who administers justice, as a judge
- the jurisdiction of a justiciary
Origin of justiciaryMiddle English ; from Medieval Latin justitiarius ; from Classical Latin justitia: see justice
relating to the administration of justice or the office of a judge
nounpl. jus·ti·ci·ar·ies also jus·ti·ci·ars
A high judicial officer in medieval England.
Origin of justiciaryMedieval Latin iūstitiāria, from feminine of iūstitiārius, of the administration of justice, from Latin iūstitia, justice; see Justice .
- (obsolete) A justiciar
- (obsolete) The office of a justiciar