Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

prosecutor

play
noun pros·e·cu·tor \ˈprä-si-ˌkyü-tər\

Simple Definition of prosecutor

  • : a lawyer who represents the side in a court case that accuses a person of a crime and who tries to prove that the person is guilty

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of prosecutor

  1. 1 :  a person who institutes a prosecution before a court

  2. 2 :  prosecuting attorney

Circa 1670

First Known Use of prosecutor

circa 1670


PROSECUTOR Defined for Kids

prosecutor

play
noun pros·e·cu·tor \ˈprä-si-ˌkyü-tər\

Definition of prosecutor for Students

  1. :  a lawyer in a criminal case who tries to prove that the accused person is guilty




Law Dictionary

prosecutor

play
noun pros·e·cu·tor \ˈprä-si-ˌkyü-tər\

Legal Definition of prosecutor

  1. 1 :  a person who institutes a prosecution (as by making an affidavit or complaint charging the defendant)

  2. 2 :  a government attorney who presents the state's case against the defendant in a criminal prosecution





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up prosecutor? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to dishevel or rumple

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

alt-5746713d76276

Which of these is a synonym of nonplus?

soothe perplex reduce disapprove
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ