Definition of bench noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bentʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bentʃ//
    Parliament, Soccer
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  1. 1 [countable] a long seat for two or more people, usually made of wood a park bench
  2. 2the bench [singular] (law) a judge in court or the seat where he/she sits; the position of being a judge or magistrate His lawyer turned to address the bench. She has recently been appointed to the bench.
  3. 3[countable, usually plural] (in the British parliament) a seat where a particular group of politicians sit There was cheering from the Opposition benches. see also back bench, front bench See related entries: Parliament
  4. 4the bench [singular] (sport) the seats where players sit when they are not playing in the game the substitutes’ bench He started the game on the bench but finished as the team’s top scorer. See related entries: Soccer
  5. 5 [countable] = workbench a carpenter’s bench
  6. Word OriginOld English benc, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bank and German Bank.Extra examples He was working at his bench. He’s sick of spending every game on the bench. Some MPs on the government back benches are starting to question the government’s handling of the war. There were cheers from the Labour benches. They have several top players on the subs’ bench. He was found asleep on a park bench.