[ law-yer, loi-er ]
/ ˈlɔ yər, ˈlɔɪ ər /


a person whose profession is to represent clients in a court of law or to advise or act for clients in other legal matters.
New Testament. an interpreter of the Mosaic Law. Luke 14:3.

verb (used without object)

to work as a lawyer; practice law.

verb (used with object)

to submit (a case, document, or the like) to a lawyer for examination, advice, clarification, etc.

Nearby words

  1. lawson,
  2. lawson criterion,
  3. lawson cypress,
  4. lawsuit,
  5. lawton,
  6. lawyer vine,
  7. lawyer's wig,
  8. lawyering,
  9. lawyerly,
  10. lax

Origin of lawyer

First recorded in 1350–1400, lawyer is from the Middle English word lawyere. See law1, -ier1

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lawyerly

British Dictionary definitions for lawyerly


/ (ˈlɔːjə, ˈlɔɪə) /


a member of the legal profession, esp a solicitorSee also advocate, barrister, solicitor
a popular name for burbot

Word Origin for lawyer

C14: from law 1

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Word Origin and History for lawyerly



late 14c. (mid-14c. as a surname), from Middle English lawe "law" (see law) + -iere. Spelling with -y- first attested 1610s (see -yer).

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