: one whose profession is to conduct lawsuits for clients or to advise as to legal rights and obligations in other matters
ˈlȯ-yər-ˌlīk How to pronounce lawyer (audio)
ˈlȯ-yər-lē How to pronounce lawyer (audio)

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 lawsuit alleging Lizzo harassed a trio of backup dancers had its first major court hearing Wednesday, with lawyers on both sides sparring over allegations the singer created a hostile work environment on tour. Nancy Dillon, Rolling Stone, 22 Nov. 2023 Combs' representatives and lawyers did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday when they were asked about the volume and nature of lawsuits over the years. Erik Ortiz, NBC News, 22 Nov. 2023 Sweeney’s appearance came after Epic’s lawyers had previously displayed Google documents showing Google had offered video game maker Activision Blizzard a package valued at $360 million to drop a tentative plan to compete against the Play Store. Michael Liedtke, Fortune, 21 Nov. 2023 Diddy’s lawyer denied the accusations, and the day after the lawsuit was filed, it was settled. Rebecca Aizin, Peoplemag, 21 Nov. 2023 Trump's lawyers say the limited gag order violates his First Amendment rights. Laura Romero, ABC News, 20 Nov. 2023 Inspired by the once-common equipment for lawyers, the Aviva Barrister Cabinet is a contemporary take on tradition. Kristina McGuirk, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Nov. 2023 Politics More raises for city employees: San Diego gives its lawyers big pay bumps to close a gap June 9, 2023 Also, city spending on homelessness surged during the ongoing fiscal year from $29 million to $47 million. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Nov. 2023 In a filing last month, Lizzo’s lawyers cited the SLAPP statute in a motion that asked the court to throw out many of the dancers’ claims, including allegations that Lizzo pressured Davis to touch a nude performer at an Amsterdam strip club. Diana Dasrath, NBC News, 10 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a person whose profession is to conduct lawsuits for clients or to advise about legal rights and obligations

Legal Definition


law·​yer ˈlȯ-yər How to pronounce lawyer (audio)
: one whose profession is to advise clients as to legal rights and obligations and to represent clients in legal proceedings

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