[ uh-tur-nee ]
/ əˈtɜr ni /

noun, plural at·tor·neys.

a lawyer; attorney-at-law.
an attorney-in-fact; agent.

Origin of attorney

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French attourne literally, “(one who is) turned to,” i.e., “(one who is appointed,” past participle of attourner “to attorn

Related forms

at·tor·ney·ship, nounsub·at·tor·ney, noun, plural sub·at·tor·neys.sub·at·tor·ney·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for sub-attorney


/ (əˈtɜːnɪ) /


a person legally appointed or empowered to act for another
US a lawyer qualified to represent clients in legal proceedings
Southern African a solicitor

Derived Forms

attorneyship, noun

Word Origin for attorney

C14: from Old French atourné, from atourner to direct to; see attorn
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