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

Other Words from lawyer

lawyerlike \ ˈlȯ-​yər-​ˌlīk How to pronounce lawyer (audio) , ˈlȯi-​ər-​ \ adjective
lawyerly \ ˈlȯ-​yər-​lē How to pronounce lawyer (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 The new department will be staffed with senior attorneys to offer advice, along with an immigration lawyer and social workers. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, 27 Nov. 2021 Such as the lawyer character Min Hyejin, who suspects that there might be a different explanation for what’s all going on here. Andy Meek, BGR, 27 Nov. 2021 But through his providers’ carelessness, the lawyer contended, his dose was rashly cut by 55%. Andrew Joseph, STAT, 25 Nov. 2021 The amendment Barrett opposed would have moved an empty assistant city attorney position from the City Attorney's Office to the City Clerk's Office, where the lawyer would have acted as special counsel for the Common Council. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 Nov. 2021 The lawyer announced the findings in a statement more than a month after an official autopsy on Laundrie's remain, which were found in wetland areas in Florida's Carlton Reserve on Oct. 20 and identified as being his on Oct. 21. NBC News, 24 Nov. 2021 The lawyer for Gabby Petito's family has hinted that charges might soon be filed in the case. Chris Harris,, 24 Nov. 2021 Ray Genco is an entertainment and intellectual property lawyer who has studied NFTs. Nimrod Kamer, Fortune, 23 Nov. 2021 The vote Tuesday was 68-29 to confirm Jonathan Kanter, an antitrust lawyer who has opposed tech giants in private practice, as assistant attorney general heading the Justice Department’s antitrust division. Marcy Gordon, ajc, 16 Nov. 2021

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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 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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