solicitor

noun
so·​lic·​i·​tor | \ sə-ˈli-sə-tər How to pronounce solicitor (audio) , -ˈli-stər \

Definition of solicitor

1 : one that solicits especially : an agent that solicits contributions (as to a charity)
2 : a British lawyer who advises clients, represents them in the lower courts, and prepares cases for barristers to try in higher courts
3 : the chief law officer of a municipality, county, or government department

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Other Words from solicitor

solicitorship \ sə-​ˈli-​sə-​tər-​ˌship How to pronounce solicitorship (audio) , -​ˈli-​stər-​ \ noun

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Examples of solicitor in a Sentence

Solicitors will be arrested for trespassing. money, that great solicitor that has often succeeded in persuading people to sell their very souls
Recent Examples on the Web Rehoboth Beach city solicitor Glenn Mandalas expressed disappointment over the filing of the lawsuit. Washington Post, "Catholic group sues beach town over ban on Nativity scene," 25 June 2020 On June 18, another call was reported about a solicitor, and officers found the man, who had been showing an expired permit from 2019. cleveland, "Fight breaks out at Fairview Tavern: Fairview Park Police Blotter," 25 June 2020 Paula Boggs Muething has been Cincinnati city solicitor since 2014, brought to the job by a former city manager on the recommendation of Mayor John Cranley. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "Meet Paula Boggs Muething – Cincinnati's first Asian American and second female city manager," 17 June 2020 Officers were dispatched to the area in reference to a solicitor going door to door. Houston Chronicle, "Memorial Villages Police Department weekly report," 15 June 2020 Junior counsel and instructing solicitors sat where the press and family members of defendants would usually sit, while press stationed themselves in the public gallery box. Ellen Milligan, Bloomberg.com, "Courts’ Return Brings Powdered Wigs, Goggles and Face Masks," 13 May 2020 The Alaska Federation of Natives supported Sweeney, saying if the Interior Department was deviating from the law, the agency's solicitor would have taken action. Felicia Fonseca, Anchorage Daily News, "Tribes sue over distribution of virus relief funding, saying Alaska Native corporations shouldn’t be included," 18 Apr. 2020 One solicitor in particular caught her attention: Blank Industries, a company that offered N95 masks for nearly $5 each — and only if Ms. Houghtelling ordered a million. Jack Nicas, New York Times, "It’s Bedlam in the Mask Market, as Profiteers Out-Hustle Good Samaritans," 3 Apr. 2020 According to the township solicitor, who Watson said reviewed Cedar Run’s request last week, open space funds collected by the Township can only be used to acquire or maintain property that the township will own or has a right to acquire. George Woolston, USA TODAY, "Medford nature center, wildlife hospital fights closure amid coronavirus shutdown," 21 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of solicitor

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Solicitor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/solicitor. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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solicitor

noun
How to pronounce solicitor (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of solicitor

US : a person whose job involves talking to many people and trying to persuade them to buy things, donate money, etc.
: a lawyer in Britain who assists people in legal matters and who can represent people in lower courts of law
US : a chief law officer of a city, town, or government department

solicitor

noun
so·​lic·​i·​tor | \ sə-ˈli-sə-tər How to pronounce solicitor (audio) \

Legal Definition of solicitor

1 : one that solicits especially : an agent that solicits customers (as in insurance) or charitable contributions
2 : a British lawyer who advises clients, represents them in the lower courts, and prepares cases for barristers to try in higher courts
3 : the chief law officer of a municipality, county, or government department — see also city attorney

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