Definition of attorney noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈtɜːni//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈtɜːrni//
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  1. 1  (especially US English) a lawyer, especially one who can act for somebody in court More Aboutlawyers Lawyer is a general term for a person who is qualified to advise people about the law, to prepare legal documents for them and/​or to represent them in a court of law. In England and Wales, a lawyer who is qualified to speak in the higher courts of law is called a barrister. In Scotland a barrister is called an advocate. In North American English attorney is a more formal word used for a lawyer and is used especially in job titles:district attorney. Counsel is the formal legal word used for a lawyer who is representing someone in court:counsel for the prosecution. Solicitor is the British English term for a lawyer who gives legal advice and prepares documents, for example when you are buying a house, and sometimes has the right to speak in a court of law. In North American English solicitor is only used in the titles of some lawyers who work for the government:Solicitor General. see also district attorney See related entries: People in law
  2. 2a person who is given the power to act on behalf of another in business or legal matters She was made her father's attorney when he became ill. See related entries: Business people
  3. see also power of attorney
    Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French atorne, past participle of atorner ‘assign’, from a ‘towards’ + torner ‘turn’.Extra examples Army attorneys argued for a general discharge. Attorneys argued that prosecutors never proved who sent the email. Consult an attorney whenever you make a major decision affecting your estate. He fired his court-appointed attorney and began representing himself. He hired a high-profile defense attorney to represent him. He is a practicing family law attorney with years of experience. Her attorney filed a motion for an injunction. The assistant district attorney was assigned to prosecute the case. Your attorney may advise you to accept a cash settlement. an attorney specializing in entertainment law Acting on the advice of his attorney, he remained silent. He had a meeting with a leading Washington criminal defence attorney. She needs a good attorney. The prosecuting attorney began with a short opening statement.
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