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 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 Peter Walzer, a family lawyer in Los Angeles, says the Gates were widely admired, making the news of their split even more devastating. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, "Bill and Melinda Gates break up after 27 years has us reeling. Why do we care so much?," 7 May 2021 Pollack’s estate even retained Dale Kinsella — another power lawyer in Hollywood — as litigation counsel. Eriq Gardner, Billboard, "Sydney Pollack’s Lawyer May Face Trial Over Aretha Franklin's 'Amazing Grace'," 5 May 2021 Ultimately, the question for the trial judge and the appellate court to consider would be whether Mr. Chauvin got a fair trial, said Mary Moriarty, a defense lawyer in Minneapolis. John Eligon, New York Times, "Derek Chauvin’s Lawyer Asks for a New Trial After Guilty Verdict," 4 May 2021 Miller, a former lawyer in the Trump White House counsel's office, was tapped by then-President Donald Trump for the role, prompting sharp criticism from Democrats. Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN, "Government pandemic watchdog warns of 'reduced oversight' for pandemic relief programs," 1 May 2021 In an area with already low property values, the potential for damages drops significantly in what is poised to be an expensive legal battle, said Matthew Moore, the chief lawyer in the Glades cane burning lawsuit. Lulu Ramadan, ProPublica, "“They’re Trying to Make It So We Walk Away”: It’s About to Get Harder to File Lawsuits Saying Sugar Harvesters Poisoned the Air," 28 Apr. 2021 Talk of a four-day family reunion in Florida was too much, too soon, Ashley Jamieson, a 33-year-old lawyer in Washington, D.C., says. Jennifer Levitz, WSJ, "Even With Covid-19 Vaccines, Planning Summer Parties and Weddings Is Tricky," 26 Apr. 2021 Destiny Singh, a criminal defense lawyer in Washington, D.C., and a Black woman, felt it too. Molly Longman,, "After Chauvin’s Guilty Verdict, Many Felt Something Like Relief. But What Comes Next?," 23 Apr. 2021 That same year, Indira Jaising, a lawyer in Mumbai, formed the Workers Law Center, to represent the striking railway workers whose agitation had helped provoke Gandhi. Steve Coll, The New Yorker, "In India, Narendra Modi’s Government Is Using the Courts to Attack Civil Rights," 19 Apr. 2021

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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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11 May 2021

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“Lawyer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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