[ uh-turn ]

verb (used without object)
  1. to acknowledge the relation of a tenant to a new landlord.

verb (used with object)
  1. to turn over to another; transfer.

Origin of attorn

1425–75; late Middle English attournen<Anglo-French attourner,Old French atourner to turn over to. See at-, turn

Other words from attorn

  • at·torn·ment, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for attorn


/ (əˈtɜːn) /

  1. law to acknowledge a new owner of land as one's landlord

  2. feudal history to transfer allegiance or do homage to a new lord

Origin of attorn

C15: from Old French atourner to direct to, from tourner to turn

Derived forms of attorn

  • attornment, noun

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