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
Recent Examples on the Web Adam Chaloupka, the attorney for the Ohio Police Benevolent Association union that represents jail officers, said Graham was acting in self-defense and in defense of his fellow officers. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, "Cuyahoga County Jail officer accused of punching inmate secured on ground," 7 Nov. 2019 Malcom Stewart, the attorney for the US government, which supports the county in its position, offered the justices another perspective. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The US Supreme Court takes on the Clean Water Act, whiskey flasks, and punch," 7 Nov. 2019 Illinois Supreme Court justices are scheduled to administer the attorney's oath to 1,459 people on Thursday. chicagotribune.com, "By end of the week, there will be more than 96,000 lawyers in Illinois," 7 Nov. 2019 The three defendants are scheduled for a hearing on November 8, the US attorney's office said. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "An Ohio detective was shot twice in the face during a drug raid and is in 'grave' condition, police say," 6 Nov. 2019 Lewis co-owned that company, according to a letter from the bank attorney. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "How Ravens great Ray Lewis was once entangled with a key figure in Ukraine scandal," 5 Nov. 2019 Defense attorneys attacked the credibility of the five women and pointed out inconsistencies in their stories in the first trial. Julie Watson, Houston Chronicle, "Ex-NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr. pleads guilty to rape," 5 Nov. 2019 In December, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas announced an enforcement campaign called Operation Porch Pirate. Lauren Smiley, The Atlantic, "The Porch Pirate of Potrero Hill Can’t Believe It Came to This," 1 Nov. 2019 Losing all hope, Slahi finds allies in defense attorney Nancy Hollander (Foster) and her associate Teri Duncan (Woodley). Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Jodie Foster, Tahar Rahim, Shailene Woodley Join Guantanamo Drama 'Prisoner 760'," 1 Nov. 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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13 Nov 2019

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The first known use of attorney was in the 14th century

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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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