law·​yer | \ˈlȯ-yər, ˈlȯi-ər \

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, ˈlȯi-​ər-​ \ adjective
lawyerly \ˈlȯ-​yər-​lē, 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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On election night in 2018, Houston lawyer and nascent politician Lizzie Fletcher soundly defeated Culberson by five points in what had been a traditionally Republican district. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "A congressman’s loss clouds the future of two demanding missions to Europa," 3 Dec. 2018 In an agreement signed Nov. 26, Lindquist admitted violating the rules of professional conduct governing lawyers and prosecutors during the 2016 murder trial. Sean Robinson, The Seattle Times, "Pierce County’s outgoing prosecutor, Mark Lindquist, admonished by state bar over conduct," 30 Nov. 2018 There’s a lot of people, there’s lawyers and doctors and engineers. Eric Johnson, Recode, "American capitalism broke in the 1980s. Can it be fixed?," 7 Nov. 2018 Black Girls Rock! has celebrated at least one person with a disability before; 2017 honoree Haben Girma is a deaf and blind disability rights lawyer. Ola Ojewumi, SELF, "I'm Celebrating My Disabled Black Girl Magic Because I'm Done Feeling Invisible," 7 Nov. 2018 In this op-ed, Yuvraj Joshi, human rights lawyer and doctoral researcher at Yale University, looks at what's at stake in Edward Blum's affirmative action lawsuit against Harvard University. Yuvraj Joshi, Teen Vogue, "Why the Affirmative Action Case Against Harvard Isn’t Actually About Fair Treatment for Minority Students," 16 Oct. 2018 The strong families around my parents were led by lawyers and doctors and bankers. Jenny Xia, Marie Claire, "My Immigrant Parents Love Me. They Hated My Startup," 3 Oct. 2018 The Brills have started a GoFundMe page to help pay for a lawyer and move to a state where marijuana is legal. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Parents face charge after giving teen marijuana to treat alleged seizures," 2 Oct. 2018 The actress plays Erin Reagan, the opinionated lawyer and single mom who often goes head-to-head with her father, Frank (Tom Selleck) and brothers Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) and Jamie (Will Estes). Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Star Bridget Moynahan Spills All the Secrets from the New Season," 29 Sep. 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, 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 \

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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