Definition of attorney in English:


Syllabification: at·tor·ney
Pronunciation: /əˈtərnē

noun (plural attorneys)

  • 1A person appointed to act for another in business or legal matters.
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    • 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.
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    • 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, counsel, legal practitioner, legal professional, legal representative, member of the bar, advocate; chiefly British solicitor, barrister
    informal mouthpiece, ambulance chaser


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

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