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district attorney

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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Do you, Mr. district attorney, whose business it is to send girls there?

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • But the district attorney was not inclined to credit the confession.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • It was as though already he was at the district attorney's throat.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • The district attorney noticed with satisfaction that they were very few.

    An American Suffragette Isaac N. Stevens
  • But upstairs, Gertrude was telephoning for the district attorney.

    A Woman for Mayor Helen M. Winslow
British Dictionary definitions for district attorney

district attorney

(in the US) the state prosecuting officer in a specified judicial district
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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district attorney in Culture
district attorney (DA)

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

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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