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 Kyle Sammin is a lawyer and writer from Pennsylvania and the co-host of the Conservative Minds podcast . Kyle Sammin, Washington Examiner, "The Real Majority at 50," 12 Nov. 2020 The oldest son, Rudy, is a lawyer in the Chicago area. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "From the Rangers' clubhouse to the Angels' front office, Perry Minasian’s rise in baseball has been a family affair," 12 Nov. 2020 In 1941, Tate was a senior at Pacific College in Newberg and had been accepted to law school and planned to be a lawyer. oregonlive, "A box of letters changes the way a daughter feels about Veterans Day," 11 Nov. 2020 One of the reporters, Jim Lobe, had been a lawyer in Seattle before becoming a journalist and was familiar with the militia movements of the Western United States. Stephen Engelberg, ProPublica, "The Unexpected Benefits of Thinking for Yourself in an Age of Polling," 9 Nov. 2020 Today, Jay is a lawyer and owns a land surveying business. Ann W. Schmidt, Fox News, "After 14 sons, Michigan couple finally has their first daughter," 6 Nov. 2020 Marguerite Lamkin was born on May 4, 1930, in Monroe, La. Her father, Ebenezer Tyler Lamkin II, known as Ebb, was a prominent lawyer. Penelope Green, New York Times, "Marguerite Littman, the Inspiration for Holly Golightly, Dies at 90," 6 Nov. 2020 Richer is a lawyer for Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie in downtown Phoenix. Jen Fifield, The Arizona Republic, "Several Maricopa County posts, from assessor to supervisor, are up for grabs in Tuesday's election," 3 Nov. 2020 Appelt is a lawyer in private practice who also has served as an alternate municipal court judge in Devine. Elizabeth Zavala,, "Democratic judges leading Republicans in early voting in Bexar County," 3 Nov. 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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How to pronounce lawyer (audio) How to pronounce lawyer (audio)

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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