- of or suitable for a magistrate or master
- showing or having the skill or knowledge of a master; expert
- authoritative; official
- domineering; pompous
Origin of magisterialMedieval Latin magisterialis ; from Late Latin magisterius ; from Classical Latin magister, a master
- a. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a master or teacher; authoritative: a magisterial account of the history of the English language.b. Sedately dignified in appearance or manner: “She would appear on the porch and reign over the street in magisterial beauty” (Harper Lee).
- Dogmatic; overbearing: expounded on official protocol in magisterial tones.
- Of or relating to a magistrate or a magistrate's official functions.
Origin of magisterialLate Latin magisteriālis, from magisterius, from Latin magister, master, teacher; see meg- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more magisterial, superlative most magisterial)