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

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If House Democrats were to succeed in passing a resolution alleging contempt, normally the case would go to the U.S. attorney in Washington (or perhaps elsewhere) to pursue. Washington Post, "Contempt of Congress and Executive Privilege, Explained," 18 Sep. 2019 The new ruling is narrow, applying to only this business, and did not strike down the city's law, said Eric Fraser, the attorney who argued on behalf of the city. Natalie Johnson And Christina Maxouris, CNN, "The Arizona Supreme Court ruled two business owners did not have to make invitations for a same-sex wedding," 17 Sep. 2019 The state’s attorney added the murder charge against 31-year-old Emanuel Dominguez-VillaGomez during a brief court appearance in Superior Court in New Haven. Nicholas Rondinone, courant.com, "Cheshire man accused of fatally stabbing wife last week faces new charge of murder," 17 Sep. 2019 In an ironic bit of timing, the news arrives as the Justice Department honors the attorneys who worked on Kavanaugh’s confirmation with the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service. Fortune, "New Reporting Supports Kavanaugh Allegation: The Broadsheet," 16 Sep. 2019 The city attorneys of San Francisco and Los Angeles both appear ready to act on this. Carolyn Said, SFChronicle.com, "AB5 gig work bill: All your questions answered," 16 Sep. 2019 The players’ attorneys filed a motion for class certification in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "USWNT's Class Certification Filing and What it Means for Case vs. U.S. Soccer," 13 Sep. 2019 Larry Foster, 66, is suspected of killing Daniel Bradley by hitting him over 100 times with blunt force and a sharp weapon, according to the Hennepin County attorney’s office. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "Burnsville man, 66, charged with striking and stabbing Minneapolis man 100 times, leaving him in burning house," 13 Sep. 2019 In Glendale, the city code is silent on short-term rentals, according to Yvette Neukian, with the city attorney’s office. Lila Seidman, Glendale News-Press, "Glendale officials soften proposed Airbnb rules," 13 Sep. 2019

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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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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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