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attorney

Syllabification: at·tor·ney
Pronunciation: /əˈtərnē
 
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Definition of attorney in English:

noun (plural attorneys)

1A person appointed to act for another in business or legal matters.
Example sentences
  • Other important intermediaries were legal attorneys, who represented the Christian groups in their dealings with the state.
  • The court would appoint public attorneys to represent Estrada.
  • You and your attorney should understand your business situation thoroughly before you decide on a license.
2chiefly US A lawyer.
Example sentences
  • About two dozen women qualified as attorneys by the end of the decade.
  • As you reach your twilight years, meeting with a qualified attorney to develop an estate plan is a priority.
  • Well, I think he is going to rely on the counsel of his attorneys.
Synonyms
lawyer, counsel, legal practitioner, legal professional, legal representative, member of the bar, advocate;
chiefly British solicitor, barrister
informal mouthpiece, ambulance chaser

Origin

Middle English: from Old French atorne, past participle of atorner 'assign', from a 'toward' + torner 'turn'.

Words that rhyme with attorney

Burney, Czerny, Ernie, ferny, gurney, journey, Verny

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