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 Some solicitors try to scare seniors into cooperating, said Shimon Richmond, an assistant inspector general for investigations. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive.com, "Watch out for this Medicare scam involving DNA genetic tests," 3 Aug. 2019 David Gauke is a solicitor by profession who ended up as Lord Chancellor. The Economist, "The unlikely Tory rebels," 29 Aug. 2019 Maxwell, 57, who has previously denied similar charges through her London solicitors, has not been seen much publicly in a few years—and certainly not since Epstein’s arrest on July 6. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "After Jeffrey Epstein's Death, What Happens to Ghislaine Maxwell?," 13 Aug. 2019 Scalia, 55, served for a year as the Labor Department's top lawyer, its solicitor, during the George W. Bush administration. Anchorage Daily News, "Labor nominee Scalia has long record of opposing regulations," 19 July 2019 The 41-year-old then decided to leave acting behind to study law and became a solicitor. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "Australian Actor Ben Unwin, Star of Long-Running Soap Home and Away, Dies at 41," 21 Aug. 2019 Some solicitors try to scare seniors into cooperating, said Shimon Richmond, an assistant inspector general for investigations. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive.com, "Watch out for this Medicare scam involving DNA genetic tests," 3 Aug. 2019 Some solicitors try to scare seniors into cooperating, said Shimon Richmond, an assistant inspector general for investigations. NBC News, "Genetic-testing scam targets seniors and rips off Medicare," 31 July 2019 Region classifications, however, complicate the matter for Carroll, according to Victor Tervala, chief solicitor for the Office of General Counsel for Baltimore city. Mary Grace Keller, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Charter government pros and cons examined as Carroll County commissioners prepare to hear options," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of solicitor

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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