attorney general

noun
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of attorney general

plural attorneys general or attorney generals
: the chief law officer of a nation or state who represents the government in litigation and serves as its principal legal adviser

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First Known Use of attorney general

1585


ATTORNEY GENERAL Defined for English Language Learners

attorney general

noun

Definition of attorney general for English Language Learners

  • : the chief lawyer of a country or state who represents the government in legal matters


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attorney general

noun

legal Definition of attorney general

plural attorneys general or attorney generals
: the chief law officer of a nation or state who represents the government in litigation and serves as its principal legal advisor

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