Definition of attorn in English:

attorn

Line breaks: at¦torn
Pronunciation: /əˈtəːn
 
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verb

[no object] Law
1Formally make or acknowledge a transfer of something.
More example sentences
  • They were parties in the U.S. litigation and had attorned to U.S. jurisdiction.
  • Mrs. Varga shall attorn to this jurisdiction in relation to all issues of custody and access.
  • Having intervened the minister attorned to the jurisdiction of the court.
1.1 [with object] archaic Transfer (something) to someone else: a lord might attorn his vassals service to some other
More example sentences
  • Mr. Binder had attorned rents to the first mortgagee.

Origin

Middle English (in the senses 'turn, change, transform'): from Old French atorner 'appoint, assign', from a- (from Latin ad 'to, at') + torner 'to turn'. The spelling with o rather than u or ou, as might have been expected in English, is due to the late Anglo-Norman French form attorner, adopted in legal use.

Phrases

attorn tenant

Law Formally make or acknowledge a transfer of tenancy.
More example sentences
  • An attornment clause in a mortgage whereby the mortgagor attorns tenant at will to the mortgagee is not a true contract.

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