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 attorney (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 In a petition filed Thursday (Sept. 2), the band's attorney, Alan Gutman, accuses Loeffler and his colleague Steven Miller of operating as the band's talent agent without a license from the California Labor Commissioner. Kristin Robinson, Billboard, 9 Sep. 2021 Brown's attorney, Keenan Saulter, is requesting the identity of the officer be released in order to file a formal complaint against him. Tj Holmes, ABC News, 9 Sep. 2021 Stepanyan’s defense attorney, Kenneth Reed, could not be reached for comment. Gregory Yee Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 8 Sep. 2021 That was the argument of the parents’ attorney, Charles Gallagher. Leslie Postal, orlandosentinel.com, 8 Sep. 2021 Google, which has denied wrongdoing, and Berland’s attorney, Laurie Burgess, declined to comment on the settlement. Josh Eidelson, Fortune, 8 Sep. 2021 Her attorney, Jason Luczak, said Lewis would seek to have the charges dismissed. Scott Bauer, chicagotribune.com, 8 Sep. 2021 Water attorney and consultant Felicia Marcus, now a visiting fellow at Stanford University and a former chair of the State Water Board, said the state stands a good chance of prevailing this time around. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Sep. 2021 Britney Spears’ attorney, Matthew Rosengart, has kept up intense pressure on Spears since coming into the case in July, accusing him of abusing his power over her and of dissipating her estate. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 7 Sep. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/attorney. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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attorney

noun

English Language Learners Definition of attorney

: lawyer

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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