attorney

noun
at·​tor·​ney | \ə-ˈtər-nē \
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 \ -​ˌship \ 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

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Xochitl Torres Small Xochitl Torres Small, an attorney who has worked on conservation issues and volunteers with homeless communities, would be the first woman to represent her district (New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District) in Congress. Jill Filipovic, Harper's BAZAAR, "Your State-by-State Guide to Women Running in the Midterms," 31 Oct. 2018 You’re on the phone with the attorneys, and the cash register is going cha-ching, cha-ching, cha-ching. Popular Mechanics, "A Disabled Veteran Inspired Me To Invent the Forklift Anyone Can Drive," 29 Oct. 2018 And Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, paid her $130,000 to keep silent before the 2016 election. Fox News, "Stormy Daniels returns to Long Island strip club for appearance," 2 Oct. 2018 Most families don’t — or can’t afford expensive attorneys, and most cases don’t go to trial — much less one that lasts six weeks. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "A deep dive into Cleveland’s criminal justice system," 23 Sep. 2018 The 28-year-old attorney, at left in the above photo, was married to the country star's oldest daughter, Mattie Jackson Selecman, second from left. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Alan Jackson's Son-in-Law Falls and Dies in Tragic Accident," 17 Sep. 2018 President Trump’s former attorney John Dowd allegedly told his star client, referring to the likely result if the president meets with Robert Mueller, explaining that his loose lips would probably land him in prison. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: Welcome to Crazytown," 9 Sep. 2018 Before the election, she was paid $130,000 to stay silent in a deal handled by Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen. Andrew Welsh-hugging, Cincinnati.com, "Stormy Daniels arrested: Officers' motivations to be reviewed," 13 July 2018 NBC News reported in April that Daniels is cooperating with federal investigators in as part of their criminal investigation into President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen. NBC News, "Stormy Daniels arrested at strip club, charged with sex offenses," 12 July 2018

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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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More Definitions for attorney

attorney

noun
at·​tor·​ney | \ə-ˈtər-nē \
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 \
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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