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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Now the Justice Department lawyers representing Trump have secured a delay in the ongoing appeals. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Why the government shutdown is good legal news for Trump," 27 Dec. 2018 The exact canary yellow midi sheath dress that the human rights lawyer famously wore to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's nuptials is now available for purchase at Matches Fashion. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Amal Clooney's Custom Yellow Royal Wedding Dress Is Now Available to Buy," 18 Dec. 2018 The film, based on Marie Bostwick's novel, The Second Sister, centers on a big-city lawyer (Tatyana Ali) who is forced to return to her small hometown after her sister passes away. Emma Dibdin, Country Living, "How Patti LaBelle Moved on After Her Divorce with Ex-Husband Armstead Edwards," 24 Nov. 2018 Part 1 saw defense attorneys Jerome Buting and Dean Strang fight for Avery and Dassey's innocence—in Dassey's case in particular, the lawyers argued that his confession was falsely coerced by detectives when Dassey was a teenager. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Making a Murderer," 25 Sep. 2018 None of the lawyers representing Defense Distributed or Wilson have responded to Ars yet, either. Nathan Mattise And Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Post-Cody Wilson’s arrest, few know what’s up with his company or legal efforts," 22 Sep. 2018 During the hearings that ultimately culminated in this historic win, the lawyers who represented over a dozen LGBTQ Indians questioned the constitutionality of the 2013 ruling, according to The Washington Post. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "India Decriminalized Same Sex Intercourse," 6 Sep. 2018 The judge, Anderson’s lawyers and prosecutors did not return calls for comment. Nomaan Merchant, The Seattle Times, "Activists decry no-jail sentence for former frat president," 12 Dec. 2018 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

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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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