attorney general

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noun, plural attorneys general, attorney generals.
the chief law officer of a country or state and head of its legal department. Abbreviation: att. gen.
Attorney General, the head of the U.S. Department of Justice: a member of the president's cabinet. Abbreviation: Atty. Gen.


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Origin of attorney general

First recorded in 1575–85
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British Dictionary definitions for attorney general (1 of 2)

attorney general

noun plural attorneys general or attorney generals
a country's chief law officer and senior legal adviser to its government
(in the US) the chief law officer and legal adviser of a state government
(in some states of the US) a public prosecutor

British Dictionary definitions for attorney general (2 of 2)

Attorney General

(in the United Kingdom except Scotland) the senior law officer and chief legal counsel of the Crown: a member of the government and of the House of Commons
(in the US) the chief law officer and legal adviser to the Administration: head of the Department of Justice and member of the cabinet
(in Australia and New Zealand) the chief government law officer: a member of Parliament and usually a cabinet minister
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