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 Ficker’s attorney, Derek A. Newman, later sent a cease-and-desist letter to Activision, and the two parties began trying to settle the case. Washington Post, 4 June 2021 Baffert’s attorney, W. Craig Robertson III, did not return a call for comment. Christian Red, Forbes, 4 June 2021 His attorney, Joseph Voccola, requested a bond hearing for his client be set as soon as possible, The Newport Daily News reports. BostonGlobe.com, 4 June 2021 An attorney for Dalton Olson, Samuel Veenstra, said that the boy’s father was grieving. Tom Steele, Dallas News, 4 June 2021 Rop’s attorney, Jerry Girley, said there was an abundance of evidence and denied that the hospital provided adequate reasoning, calling it inconsistent and contradictory. Kalia Richardson, orlandosentinel.com, 4 June 2021 But Martin’s attorney, assistant public advocate Tom Griffiths, noted there were no eyewitnesses to the crime, no DNA and no fingerprints. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, 4 June 2021 Rodgers' attorney, Rich Goldberg, said the guns were not for any criminal or unlawful purpose. Kevin Grasha, The Enquirer, 4 June 2021 Hartin's attorney, Godfrey Smith, has not responded to ABC News' requests for comment. Morgan Winsor, ABC News, 4 June 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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8 Jun 2021

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“Attorney.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/attorney. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for attorney

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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