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noun
  1. an officer who acts as attorney for the people or government within a specified district.

Origin of district attorney

An Americanism dating back to 1780–90
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Examples from the Web for district attorney

Historical Examples

  • I wish you to see the district-attorney, and assist him in this trial.

    Fashion and Famine

    Ann S. Stephens

  • "That is true, Mr. Prsident," responded the district-attorney.

    Les Misrables

    Victor Hugo

  • District-Attorney Shannon, who had been listening attentively, sat down.

    The Financier

    Theodore Dreiser

  • "But you are supposed to be in custody all this time," said the district-attorney.

  • The district-attorney was busy, however, on an Augean task—the cleaning out of the police stable.


British Dictionary definitions for district attorney

district attorney

noun
  1. (in the US) the state prosecuting officer in a specified judicial district
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

district attorney in Culture

district attorney

An official responsible for representing the government in court cases and for prosecuting criminals.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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