Definition of attorney in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈtəːni/

noun (plural attorneys)

1A person, typically a lawyer, appointed to act for another in business or legal matters. Compare with barrister, solicitor.
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.
1.1chiefly US A qualified 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.
lawyer, legal practitioner, legal executive, legal adviser, legal representative, agent, member of the bar, advocate, counsel, counsellor, intercessor, defending counsel, prosecuting counsel;
British  barrister, Queen's Counsel, QC;
North American & Irish  counsellor-at-law
informal brief
1.2 South African term for solicitor.
Example sentences
  • An attorney was appointed on their behalf by the Legal Aid Board.
  • He referred all queries about the matter to his attorney.
  • Ferreiraa postponed the case to next Tuesday, when a legal aid attorney will be appointed.


Middle English: from Old French atorne, past participle of atorner 'assign', from a 'towards' + torner 'to turn' ( see attorn).

Words that rhyme with attorney

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

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Line breaks: at¦tor|ney

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