judge-n; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: a public official who adjudicates

Commentary: JUDGE[+role][+authority][+public][+adjudicator]

The Supreme Court consists of nine judges.
The plaintiff looked the judge right in the eye.
Two field judges declared that the football was out of bounds.
She has been a judge at several equestrian competitions.
The line judge said the offense has no more time outs on the clock.
The figure skater did a triple jump right in front of the judges.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: an expert or authority who critiques something

Commentary: JUDGE[+role][+authority][+critic]

Who is the best judge of their own culture?
John is a poor judge of character.
She is an esteemed judge of 18th century miniature ceramic figures.
When it comes to our products we let you be the judge.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2