[ uh-tur-nee ]
/ əˈtɜr ni /

noun, plural at·tor·neys.

a lawyer; attorney-at-law.
an attorney-in-fact; agent.

Nearby words

  1. attn.,
  2. atto-,
  3. attolaser,
  4. attophysics,
  5. attorn,
  6. attorney general,
  7. attorney general of the united states,
  8. attorney-at-law,
  9. attorney-in-fact,
  10. attotesla

Origin of attorney

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French attourne literally, “(one who is) turned to,” i.e., “(one who is appointed,” past participle of attourner “to attorn

Related formsat·tor·ney·ship, nounsub·at·tor·ney, noun, plural sub·at·tor·neys.sub·at·tor·ney·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for attorney


/ (əˈtɜːnɪ) /


a person legally appointed or empowered to act for another
US a lawyer qualified to represent clients in legal proceedings
Southern African a solicitor
Derived Formsattorneyship, noun

Word Origin for attorney

C14: from Old French atourné, from atourner to direct to; see attorn

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