advocate (ad-v<<schwa>>-kit), n.1. A person who assists, defends, pleads, or prosecutes for
public advocate.An advocate who purports to represent the public at large in matters of
public concern, such as utility rates or environmental quality.
2.Civil & Scots law. A barrister; specif., a member of the Faculty of Advocates (the Scottish
counterpart of a barrister) or of the Society of Advocates in Aberdeen (a society of solicitors). • A
member of the Aberdeen society is designated “advocate in Aberdeen.” Cf. BARRISTER. 3.Hist.
Eccles. law. A person who is trained in both canon and secular law and can (1) appear in an
ecclesiastical or admiralty court on another’s behalf, and (2) give legal advice. • Members of the
College of Advocates (also known as Doctors’ Commons) bore the title of advocate. After the
dissolution of the College in 1857, the term became indistinguishably associated with barrister. —
advocate (ad-v<< schwa>>-kayt), vb. — advocacy (ad-v<<schwa>>-k<<schwa>>-see), n. [Blacks Law 8th]