Meaning of ATTORNEY in English

ATTORNEY

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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THESAURUS

▪ 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.

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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.

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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.