Language: Old English
Origin: benc


1 noun
Related topics: Daily Life
bench1 S2 W3

outdoor seat

[countable]D a long seat for two or more people, especially outdoors:
We sat on a park bench.

in a law court

the bench

a) the seat where a judge or magistrate sits in a court of law:
Would the prisoner please approach the bench?
b) SCL the position of being a judge or magistrate in a court of law:
He was appointed to the bench last year.
sit/serve on the bench (=work as a judge or magistrate)


the bench

DS the seat where members of a sports team sit when they are not playing in the game:
Batts and Dorigo are on the bench tonight.
Simpson came off the bench to play in midfield.



[plural] British EnglishPGP the seats in the British parliament where members of a particular party sit:
There was cheering from the Conservative benches.
backbench, backbenches, front bench


[countable]TIC a long heavy table used for working on with tools or equipment:
a carpenter's bench

Dictionary results for "bench"
Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.