Meaning of ATTORNEY in English

at ‧ tor ‧ ney S2 W3 /əˈtɜːni $ -ɜːr-/ BrE AmE noun [countable] American English

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: atorné , past participle of atorner 'to give a particular job or position to' , from torner 'to turn' ]

a lawyer

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▪ lawyer someone whose job is to advise people about laws, write formal agreements, or represent people in court:

His lawyer told him to plead guilty.

▪ attorney American English a lawyer. Attorney sounds more formal than lawyer :

‘The United States sees intellectual property rights as sacred,’ said Thomas Klitgaard, an attorney specializing in international law.


Acting on the advice of his attorney, he remained silent throughout the questioning.

▪ solicitor a type of lawyer in Britain who gives legal advice, prepares the documents when property is bought or sold, and defends people, especially in the lower courts of law:

She works as a commercial property solicitor at Nabarro Nathanson in London.


He went to the family solicitor to make a will.

▪ barrister a lawyer in Britain who can argue cases in the higher law courts:

McWalter's barrister, Hugh Vass, stressed his client’s previous good character.

▪ advocate formal a formal word for a lawyer in American English, or a barrister in Scotland:

The committee can put questions to the defendant or his advocate.

▪ brief British English informal the lawyer who represents someone in a court case:

His brief asked for a fine rather than a prison sentence.

▪ counsel [uncountable] the lawyer or group of lawyers who are representing someone in court:

counsel for the defence/prosecution

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.