What does attorney mean?

Definitions for attorney
əˈtɜr niat·tor·ney

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word attorney.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. lawyer, attorneynoun

    a professional person authorized to practice law; conducts lawsuits or gives legal advice


  1. attorneynoun

    In the United States, a lawyer; one who advises or represents others in legal matters as a profession.

  2. attorneynoun

    An agent or representative authorized to act on someone else's behalf.

    Usage note: In this sense, the word is now used to refer to nonlawyers usually only in fixed phrases such as attorney-in-fact or power of attorney.

  3. Etymology: atornee, feminine past participle of atorner (to prepare, to ready), compare attorn

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Attorneynoun

    1. Such a person as by consent, commandment, or request, takes heed, sees, and takes upon him the charge of other men’s business, in their absence. Attorney is either general or special: Attorney general is he that by general authority is appointed to all our affairs or suits; as the attorney general of the king, which is nearly the same with Procurator Cæsaris in the Roman empire. Attorneys general are made either by the king’s letters patent, or by our appointment before justices in eyre, in open court. Attorney special or particular, is he that is employed in one or more causes particularly specified. There are also, in respect of the divers courts, attorneys at large, and attorneys special, belonging to this or that court only. John Cowell

    Etymology: attornatus, low Lat. from tour, Fr. Celui quivient à tour d'autrui; qui alterius vices subit.

    Ephraim Chambers.

    I am a subject,
    And challenge law: attorneys are deny’d me,
    And therefore personally I lay my claim
    To mine inheritance. William Shakespeare, Richard II.

    The king’s attorney, on the contrary,
    Urg’d on examinations, proofs, confessions,
    Of divers witnesses. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Despairing quacks with curses fled the place,
    And vile attorneys, now an useless race. Alexander Pope, Epist. iii.

    I will attend my husband; it is my office;
    And will have no attorney but myself;
    And therefore let me have him home. William Shakespeare, Com. of Err.

    Why should calamity be full of words? ————
    —— Windy attorneys to their client woes,
    Airy succeeders of intestate joys. William Shakespeare, Richard III t.

  2. To Attorneyverb

    the verb is now no not in use.

    Etymology: from the noun;

    Their encounters, though not personal, have been royally attornied with interchange of gifts. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    As I was then
    Advertising, and holy to your business,
    Not changing heart with habit, I am still
    Attornied to your service. William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure.


  1. attorney

    An attorney is a professional individual who is licensed to practice law, advise clients on legal matters, represent them in court, and prepare legal documents. This term is often used interchangeably with lawyer. They can specialize in different areas such as criminal law, family law, corporate law, or civil rights law, among others. Attorneys also have a responsibility to uphold the law and maintain ethical standards.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Attorneynoun

    a substitute; a proxy; an agent

  2. Attorneynoun

    one who is legally appointed by another to transact any business for him; an attorney in fact

  3. Attorneynoun

    a legal agent qualified to act for suitors and defendants in legal proceedings; an attorney at law

  4. Attorneyverb

    to perform by proxy; to employ as a proxy

  5. Etymology: [OE. aturneye, OF. atorn, p. p. of atorner: cf. LL. atturnatus, attornatus, fr. attornare. See Attorn.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Attorney

    at-tur′ni, n. one legally authorised to act for another—hence the sense of the phrases 'in person' and 'by attorney:' one legally qualified to manage cases in a court of law: a solicitor—a solicitor or attorney prepares cases and does general law business, while a barrister pleads before the courts: (pl.) Attor′neys.—v.t. Attor′ney (Shak.), to perform by proxy, to employ as a proxy.—ns. Attor′ney-gen′eral, the first ministerial law-officer of the Crown in England and Ireland: the title of the king's attorney in the duchies of Lancaster and Cornwall, and the county palatine of Durham: in the United States, one of the seven officials who constitute the president's cabinet, the head of the department of Justice; Attor′neyship, Attor′neyism, Attor′neydom.—Attorney-at-law, or Public attorney, a professional and duly qualified legal agent; Attorney in fact, or Private attorney, one duly appointed by letter or power of attorney to act for another in matters of contract, money payments, and the like.—Letter warrant, or Power of attorney, the formal instrument by one person authorising another to perform certain acts for him. [O. Fr. atorne—Low L. attornatusatornāre, to commit business to another. See Turn.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. attorney


Editors Contribution

  1. attorneynoun

    A monetary unit equal to expressing a particular time, place and position on a rocky peak representing a woman's maiden name to be essential or very important. 1.) A person appointed to act for another in business or legal matters. 2.) A Lawyer assigned to someone.

    My attorney knows my innocence from the heart because I revealed myself to her.

    Etymology: Defender of mans image

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on March 23, 2024  

Suggested Resources

  1. Attorney

    Attorney vs. Lawyer -- In this Grammar.com article you will learn the differences between the words Attorney and Lawyer.

Matched Categories

How to pronounce attorney?

How to say attorney in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of attorney in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of attorney in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of attorney in a Sentence

  1. Donald Trump:

    I don't even talk to Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker about The New York Times.

  2. Carlos Holmes Trujillo:

    As a result of the confrontation between vandals and security forces and in events that are the subject of investigation by the attorney general's office, two people were killed.

  3. Bruce Fromong:

    He was upset, insulted, but I don't think that he thought the price should be what it was. i told the district attorney at the time (of his conviction) that I only thought that O.J. Simpson deserved one to three years in state prison.

  4. Bennie Thompson:

    Well, this is more of what his attorney in the last day or so has been saying and asserting the Fifth Amendment.

  5. Trey Harrell:

    If what is being alleged in those lawsuits that are being filed is even a fraction of truth, then it would certainly be something the U.S. Attorney’s Office would fully investigate, for those reasons, that’s why I would believe there is probably an investigation coming if it hasn’t already started. There’s no number that would trigger the U.S. Attorney’s Office to get involved. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, as well as the Department of Justice, in my experience is going to look into anything regardless of the amount if a crime is being committed.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for attorney

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for attorney »


Find a translation for the attorney definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"attorney." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 13 Apr. 2024. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/attorney>.

Discuss these attorney definitions with the community:


    Are we missing a good definition for attorney? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Browse Definitions.net


    Are you a words master?

    the reduction of expenditures in order to become financially stable
    A downsizing
    B humility
    C assortment
    D mediocrity

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for attorney: