- an officer who acts as attorney for the people or government within a specified district.
Origin of district attorney
An Americanism dating back to 1780–90
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Examples from the Web for district attorney
I wish you to see the district-attorney, and assist him in this trial.Fashion and Famine
Ann S. Stephens
"That is true, Mr. Prsident," responded the district-attorney.Les Misrables
District-Attorney Shannon, who had been listening attentively, sat down.The Financier
"But you are supposed to be in custody all this time," said the district-attorney.The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 1 of 2)
Ida Husted Harper
The district-attorney was busy, however, on an Augean task—the cleaning out of the police stable.What Will People Say?
- (in the US) the state prosecuting officer in a specified judicial district
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An official responsible for representing the government in court cases and for prosecuting criminals.
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