attorney

noun
at·​tor·​ney | \ ə-ˈtər-nē How to pronounce attorney (audio) \
plural attorneys

Definition of attorney

: one who is legally appointed to transact business on another's behalf especially : lawyer

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Other Words from attorney

attorneyship \ ə-​ˈtər-​nē-​ˌship How to pronounce attorneyship (audio) \ noun

Examples of attorney in a Sentence

talked to the count's attorney about buying land from his estate finished law school and became an attorney
Recent Examples on the Web The Justice Department declined to comment on the Washington Examiner’s questions on Tuesday, and the U.S. attorney’s office declined comment on Wednesday. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "US attorney's investigation into Obama-era ‘unmasking’ saga ends: Report," 13 Oct. 2020 An inmate who was killed in the Madison County Jail Friday was targeted for death by gang members, according to an attorney for the dead man’s brother. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Slain Madison jail inmate was target of gang members, attorney says," 13 Oct. 2020 The state’s attorney’s office asked for seven more prosecutors, three for the misdemeanor courtroom and four for the felony courtroom. Alicia Fabbre, chicagotribune.com, "Will County officials celebrate completion of 10-story courthouse in downtown Joliet," 9 Oct. 2020 The city counselor’s office handles lesser crimes and is not affiliated with the circuit attorney’s office. Jim Salter, USA TODAY, "Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the St. Louis couple who waved guns at protesters, indicted on weapons, tampering charges," 7 Oct. 2020 Wilson Orellana-Lemus pleaded guilty in Howard County Circuit Court last month to the first-degree murder of 36-year-old Amanda Nicole Harris, according to a state’s attorney’s office news release. Ana Faguy, baltimoresun.com, "Columbia man sentenced to life in prison for murdering woman in May 2019," 7 Oct. 2020 Rob Wilcox, a spokesman for Feuer, said the city attorney’s office is evaluating its options. Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Times, "Judge fines L.A. $2.5 million for ‘serious abuse’ in handling of evidence in DWP case," 6 Oct. 2020 The ballot language, however, had been crafted by the city attorney’s office to comply with state law. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Garcia: Last-minute ballot revision clarifies tax issue for Ready to Work campaign," 2 Oct. 2020 On Monday, a representative of her staff met with officials from the city attorney’s office, the SFMTA and Supervisor Matt Haney. Heather Knight, SFChronicle.com, "Bid to fix partying on S.F.’s Twin Peaks just moves the problem around, angering neighbors," 29 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of attorney

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for attorney

Middle English attourney, from Anglo-French aturné, past participle of aturner — see attorn

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The first known use of attorney was in the 14th century

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17 Oct 2020

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“Attorney.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/attorney. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for attorney

attorney

noun
at·​tor·​ney | \ ə-ˈtər-nē How to pronounce attorney (audio) \
plural attorneys

Kids Definition of attorney

: a person and usually a lawyer who acts for another in business or legal matters

attorney

noun
at·​tor·​ney | \ ə-ˈtər-nē How to pronounce attorney (audio) \
plural attorneys

Legal Definition of attorney

: a person authorized to act on another's behalf especially : lawyer — see also attorney-in-fact

History and Etymology for attorney

Anglo-French atorné legal representative, from past participle of atorner to designate, appoint, from Old French, to prepare, arrange — see attorn

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