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

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Other Words from lawyer

lawyerlike \ ˈlȯ-​yər-​ˌlīk How to pronounce lawyerlike (audio) , ˈlȯi-​ər-​ \ adjective
lawyerly \ ˈlȯ-​yər-​lē How to pronounce lawyerly (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 The criminal inquiry came after congressional Democrats released text messages exchanged by Lev Parnas, an associate of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, suggesting Yovanovitch was being watched before she was recalled by the Trump administration. Harold Maass, TheWeek, "January 17, 2020," 17 Jan. 2020 In the middle of the scrum — up against DTE’s small army of lawyers, engineers, financial analysts and economists — a tiny nonprofit with an odd name held its own. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Tiny Michigan nonprofit is taking on DTE — and it could have huge impact on the company," 16 Jan. 2020 Mike Maistelman, the lawyer for Lipscomb, dismissed the argument that much of election law should be viewed as advisory. Daniel Bice, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "On a tie vote, election panel keeps two Milwaukee County executive candidates on the ballot despite blunder," 14 Jan. 2020 The Dallas lawyer also is trying to mobilize black voters across the state and has the support of most Democrats in the Texas Legislature. Gromer Jeffers Jr., Dallas News, "The Texas Democratic Senate race against John Cornyn is starting to show spark," 13 Jan. 2020 The city’s lawyers were trying to bring the suit to a halt, pending their own investigation. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "Culture War in the Workplace," 13 Jan. 2020 Ayesha Vardag, president of Vardags, a firm of divorce lawyers, speculates that women are much less likely to tolerate marital infidelity than men. The Economist, "Pride before a fall Why lesbian couples are more likely to divorce than gay ones," 11 Jan. 2020 Just as for their Muslim neighbors, the costs of lawyers, travel, and arranging documents have been punishing. Joseph Allchin, The New York Review of Books, "Why Hindu Nationalists Trialed India’s Citizenship Law in Assam," 6 Jan. 2020 She and her team of lawyers sued Kelly for assault and battery, and the companies associated with him were hit with their own respective lawsuits for negligence. Ineye Komonibo,, "What We Learned From Surviving R. Kelly II: The Reckoning," 4 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of lawyer

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Lawyer.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of lawyer

: a person whose job is to guide and assist people in matters relating to the law


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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to assert without proof or before proving

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