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

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Because fair is fair, and on Thursday, Representative Elijah Cummings said that a lawyer for Ivanka and Jared told him that the dynamic duo was using private email servers to conduct government business. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: “The Mueller Report Should be Public!”," 24 Mar. 2019 The lawyer has teamed up with Prince Charles himself in a new working partnership, designed to celebrate female empowerment with an important new prize. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Amal Clooney and Prince Charles Have Teamed up on an Amazing Female Empowerment Award," 18 Mar. 2019 Toby, the corporate lawyer, recalls meeting a Leaver friend for a drink at the Garrick Club in Covent Garden, where any talk of work is expressly prohibited. Janine Di Giovanni, Town & Country, "Is Brexit Ruining London Dinner Parties?," 25 Feb. 2019 The scene even includes Ariana taking on the role of lawyer. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Recreated Another "Legally Blonde" Scene in the "Thank U, Next" Blooper Video," 4 Jan. 2019 My lawyer’s calling me saying don’t get on the plane that MGM just booked for you. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "The True Story of the Lost Sci-Fi Movie "Brainstorm," Natalie Wood’s Last Film," 21 Dec. 2018 From the Archives Maria Planchart once lived comfortably in Caracas and had aspirations of being a lawyer. Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "Venezuela Opposition’s Man in D.C. Seeks to Rally U.S. Support," 15 Feb. 2019 Another increasingly prominent legal attack dog is Los Angeles lawyer Charles Harder, who famously sued the gossip website Gawker into extinction on behalf of the nominal plaintiff, Hulk Hogan. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "How Much Does It Cost to Keep Your Name Out of the News?," 18 Jan. 2019 One of the things is that my dad is an antitrust lawyer who ... Eric Johnson, Recode, "Why Amazon is a ‘bully,’ and Facebook and Google are ‘the enemies of independent thought’," 3 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of lawyer

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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