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 \ -​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

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Also, select a closing attorney, or ask your Realtor for a recommendation. Nancy Mann Jackson, House Beautiful, "Here's Exactly What It Takes To Buy A Home," 26 Feb. 2019 Stephanie Clifford, arrives at the US District Court of New York for a hearing related to Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney and confidant. Kainaz Amaria, Vox, "2018, explained in pictures by women and non-binary photographers," 21 Dec. 2018 After discovering their storage shed had been sold, the original owners had their attorney reach out to offer the new owners a deal: $600,000 to give the money back. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "'Storage Wars' Star Dan Dotson Sold a $500 Unit With $7.5 Million Accidentally Hidden Inside," 26 Nov. 2018 Harold, 38, an attorney and former Miss America who paid her way through Harvard Law School with her pageant winnings, is vying to become Illinois’s next attorney general. Rebecca Nelson, Marie Claire, "Party Crashers: These Female Candidates Are Shaking Up The Midterms," 2 Nov. 2018 The Verge contacted multiple attorneys and legal scholars about the customs summons, particularly its use to investigate internet crimes. Shawn Musgrave, The Verge, "How ICE used an obscure rule to pursue the owners of a Korean porn site," 27 Sep. 2018 What began as a one-woman effort has evolved into an organization of five powerful women, including two physicians, one rehabilitation psychologist, and one attorney. Sarah Gad, Marie Claire, "My Drug Overdose Saved My Life. Now I'm Saving Others.," 15 Mar. 2019 The renowned human rights attorney wore a navy blue one-shoulder jumpsuit by Stella McCartney that featured a black textured belt, pleated detailing, and pockets (!). Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Amal Clooney Just Wore the Coolest One-Shoulder Jumpsuit on the Red Carpet," 14 Mar. 2019 Alsup’s questions also were directed to the U.S. attorney’s office, which prosecuted PG&E for the San Bruno blast, and the monitor overseeing its gas pipeline safety. Sudhin Thanawala, The Seattle Times, "Judge to utility: Explain any role in deadly California fire," 27 Nov. 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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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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