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[suh-lis-i-ter] /səˈlɪs ɪ tər/
a person who solicits.
a person whose business it is to solicit business, trade, etc.
an officer having charge of the legal business of a city, town, etc.
(in England and Wales) a member of that branch of the legal profession whose services consist of advising clients, representing them before the lower courts, and preparing cases for barristers to try in the higher courts.
Compare barrister (def 1).
Origin of solicitor
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English solicitour < Anglo-French; Middle French soliciteur. See solicit, -or2
Related forms
solicitorship, noun
4. lawyer, attorney, counselor. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for solicitor
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  • The solicitor was by no means pleased with this way of settling the matter.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Now, if you like, I will see to getting the offices and to engaging a solicitor.

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
  • The solicitor, who had bidden them enter, did not at first offer them any salutation.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • "A solicitor named Bentham," the Colonel repeated mechanically.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • He is just finishing his law studies, and he will inherit his father's practice as a solicitor.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for solicitor


(in Britain) a lawyer who advises clients on matters of law, draws up legal documents, prepares cases for barristers, etc, and who may represent clients in certain courts Compare barrister
(in the US) an officer responsible for the legal affairs of a town, city, etc
a person who solicits
Derived Forms
solicitorship, noun
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Word Origin and History for solicitor

early 15c., "one who urges," from Middle French soliciteur, from soliciter (see solicit). Meaning "one who conducts matters on behalf of another" is from early 15c. As a name for a specific class of legal practitioners in Britain, it is attested from 1570s. Both the fem. forms, solicitress (1630s) and solicitrix (1610s), have been in the sexual sense, but the latter seems more common in non-pejorative use.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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