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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Court records did not list an attorney for Woodruffe. Juan A. Lozano, The Seattle Times, "Man authorities believe shot Texas girl charged with murder," 9 Jan. 2019 But Wall, the attorney for Apple, pointed to the fact that app developers, not Apple, decide the prices of apps in the app store. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "How Apple hopes to stop a customer lawsuit over its App Store monopoly," 27 Nov. 2018 The jury found that Johnson’s use of Roundup, which his attorneys estimated happened at a rate of 20-30 times per year, led to his terminal cancer. Yvette D'entremont, SELF, "Should You Worry About Herbicides In Your Food?," 10 Oct. 2018 The high-profile attorney arrived wearing a bright Oscar de la Renta belted tweed peplum jacket accentuated with a belt, and a matching skirt. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Amal Clooney Wears Oscar de la Renta at the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Norway," 10 Dec. 2018 Consider the battery of attorneys who worked so hard to exonerate O.J. Simpson. James Atlas, Town & Country, "The Year of the Celebrity Super Lawyer," 3 Dec. 2018 The decision by the 4th District was applauded by a number of attorneys, including Brett Max Kaufman of the American Civil Liberties Union. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Court: Teen’s driving killed someone, but he can’t be forced to give up passcode," 28 Oct. 2018 Bobby Mims, one of Clark's trial attorneys, said Clark denied killing Muse. Fox News, "Texas executes man in the torture, drowning of ex-roommate," 28 Sep. 2018 President Barack Obama kept him on, making Rosenstein only one of three US attorneys — out of a total of 93 — retained by the new administration. Alex Ward, Vox, "Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s future in question," 24 Sep. 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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