law·​yer | \ ˈlȯ-yər How to pronounce lawyer (audio) , ˈlȯi-ər How to pronounce lawyer (audio) \

Definition of lawyer

: one whose profession is to conduct lawsuits for clients or to advise as to legal rights and obligations in other matters

Other Words from lawyer

lawyerlike \ ˈlȯ-​yər-​ˌlīk How to pronounce lawyer (audio) , ˈlȯi-​ər-​ \ adjective
lawyerly \ ˈlȯ-​yər-​lē How to pronounce lawyer (audio) , ˈlȯi-​ər-​ \ adjective

Examples of lawyer in a Sentence

their lawyers told them that they couldn't use the park for the concert without permission from the city
Recent Examples on the Web Grubman is an entertainment lawyer and one of the founders of the Hall of Fame. Chris Willman, Variety, 4 May 2022 Much of the play stems from the trial scene and revolves around Atticus Finch, an Alabama lawyer defending a Black man against a false charge of rape. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, 28 Apr. 2022 Focusing on the legal malpractice claim, his firm retained an expert who said the city should have hired an outside lawyer to represent Brooks, rather than insist the city attorney represent both the councilwoman and the city. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Apr. 2022 The City Auditor’s Office has been seeking permission to retain an independent lawyer since before Andy Hanau became the city auditor. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Apr. 2022 John Dean was an ambitious lawyer who served as White House counsel to President Richard Nixon at the time of the Watergate break-in — which naturally complicated his relationship with Mo, his eventual wife. Tyler Aquilina,, 24 Apr. 2022 Most recently, Dara Lindenbaum, an election lawyer and general counsel for the 2018 Abrams campaign, had a hearing before the U.S. Senate to be appointed to the board of the ... Brad Raffensperger, National Review, 22 Apr. 2022 During the closing costs, an older male lawyer asked how her husband felt about the purchase. Kara Baskin,, 10 Apr. 2022 Alongside her in the city council room sit others on the trust’s board of directors – a circuit court judge, an adoption lawyer, and school board representatives. Stephanie Hanes, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of lawyer

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Lawyer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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law·​yer | \ ˈlȯ-yər How to pronounce lawyer (audio) , ˈlȯi-ər \

Kids Definition of lawyer

: a person whose profession is to handle lawsuits for people or to give advice about legal rights and duties


law·​yer | \ ˈlȯ-yər How to pronounce lawyer (audio) \

Legal Definition of lawyer

: one whose profession is to advise clients as to legal rights and obligations and to represent clients in legal proceedings

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