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Queen's counsel (king's counsel).
n. (Abbr. QC)
A barrister appointed as counsel to the British crown. Used when the sovereign is a woman.
These were barristers appointed in the late 16th cent. to assist the law officers of the crown in the conduct of legal affairs. During the 18th cent. they ceased to be closely connected with the crown and the title came to be merely a mark of honour for distinguished barristers. They are said to ‘take silk’ on appointment, as they then wear a silk gown instead of a ‘stuff’ gown.