noun, plural at·tor·neys.
- attorney general,
- attorney general of the united states,
Origin of attorney
Examples from the Web for attorney
“They are hypocritical on this very issue,” Shearer said about Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and other public officials.
Closed courthouses, rogue clerks, and misleading statements from the attorney general as Florida welcomes same-sex marriage.The Back Alley, Low Blow-Ridden Fight to Stop Gay Marriage in Florida Is Finally Over|Jay Michaelson|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“I noticed something,” I say to Marvin, feeling a little like Ransom Stoddard, attorney at law.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
As a Washington attorney, he took on companies that seemed immune to change, even when they were ineffective.
Eid, who teaches Indian law at two law schools and works as an attorney himself, had no idea that it was coming.Tribes to U.S. Government: Take Your Weed and Shove It|Abby Haglage|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"Very sure," rejoined the attorney in a more positive tone, his eyes still on the stranger.Kennedy Square|F. Hopkinson Smith
The attorney was in that state of fatigue of body and languor of mind in which the least trifle amuses.The Castle Inn|Stanley John Weyman
Here honest Gilbert entered, to say that Mr L——, the attorney, would be glad to have a word with his master.
Since you have undertaken to act as my attorney, you advise me to go immediately and lay siege in form.The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Vol. I (of 9)|Thomas Jefferson
When I told the attorney about Lee—and I have stated this at a press conference—he raised the roof, so as to say.Warren Commission (1 of 26): Hearings Vol. I (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Word Origin for attorney
early 14c. (mid-13c. in Anglo-Latin), from Old French atorné "(one) appointed," past participle of aturner "to decree, assign, appoint," from atorner (see attorn). The legal Latin form attornare influenced the spelling in Anglo-French. The sense is of "one appointed to represent another's interests."
In English law, a private attorney was one appointed to act for another in business or legal affairs (usually for pay); an attorney at law or public attorney was a qualified legal agent in the courts of Common Law who prepared the cases for a barrister, who pleaded them (the equivalent of a solicitor in Chancery). So much a term of contempt in England that it was abolished by the Judicature Act of 1873 and merged with solicitor.
Johnson observed that "he did not care to speak ill of any man behind his back, but he believed the gentleman was an attorney." [Boswell]
The double -t- is a mistaken 15c. attempt to restore a non-existent Latin original. Attorney general first recorded 1530s in sense of "legal officer of the state" (late 13c. in Anglo-French), from French, hence the odd plural (subject first, adjective second).