- a law officer who maintains the rights of the state in suits affecting the public interest, next in rank to the attorney general.
- the chief legal officer in some states.
- (initial capital letters) the law officer of the U.S. government next below the Attorney General, having charge of appeals, as to the Supreme Court.
Origin of solicitor general
First recorded in 1525–35
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Examples from the Web for solicitor general
Where have you been, Colonel, with my friend the Solicitor-General?Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume II.
Charles James Lever
He must be solicitor-general either to the Whigs or to the Tories.
And it was fitting she should have such a look if ever she were to be the wife of a solicitor-general.
At any rate, he would wait till after the solicitor-general's marriage.
A man who is solicitor-general at eight-and-twenty can hardly have had time for much.
- (in Britain) the law officer of the Crown ranking next to the Attorney General (in Scotland to the Lord Advocate) and acting as his assistant
- (in New Zealand) the government's chief lawyer: head of the Crown Law Office and prosecutor for the Crown