[ uh-turn ]
/ əˈtɜrn /

verb (used without object)

to acknowledge the relation of a tenant to a new landlord.

verb (used with object)

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


at·torn·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for attorn

/ (əˈtɜːn) /

verb (intr)

law to acknowledge a new owner of land as one's landlord
feudal history to transfer allegiance or do homage to a new lord

Derived forms of attorn

attornment, noun

Word Origin for attorn

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