[lee-guh-leez, -lees]


language containing an excessive amount of legal terminology or of legal jargon.

Origin of legalese

First recorded in 1910–15; legal + -ese Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for legalese



the conventional language in which legal documents, etc, are written
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for legalese

"the language of legal documents," 1914, from legal + language name ending -ese.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper