at·​tor·​ney-at-law ə-ˈtər-nē-ˈat-ˈlȯ How to pronounce attorney-at-law (audio)
plural attorneys-at-law
: a practitioner in a court of law who is legally qualified to prosecute and defend actions in such court on the retainer of clients

Word History

First Known Use

1702, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of attorney-at-law was in 1702

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“Attorney-at-law.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

Legal Definition


plural attorneys-at-law
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