What does lawyer mean?

Definitions for lawyer
ˈlɔ yər, ˈlɔɪ ərlawyer

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. lawyer, attorneynoun

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


  1. lawyernoun

    A professional person qualified (as by a law degree and/or bar exam) and authorized to practice law, i.e. conduct lawsuits and/or give legal advice.

  2. lawyernoun

    By extension, a legal layman who argues points of law.

  3. lawyerverb

    To practice law.

  4. lawyerverb

    To perform, or attempt to perform, the work of a lawyer.

  5. lawyerverb

    To make legalistic arguments.

  6. lawyerverb

    With "up", to acquire the services of a lawyer.

  7. lawyerverb

    With "up", to exercise the right to ask for the presence of one's attorney.

  8. lawyerverb

    To barrage with questions in order to get the person to admit something, usually used in the past tense "[You've been] lawyered."

  9. Etymology: From lawyer, lawer, equivalent to.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Lawyernoun

    Professor of law; advocate; pleader.

    Etymology: from law.

    It is like the breath of an unfeed lawyer, you gave me nothing for it. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Is the law evil, because some lawyers in their office swerve from it? John Whitgift.

    I have entered into a work touching laws, in a middle term, between the speculative and reverend discourses of philosophers, and the writings of lawyers. Francis Bacon, Holy War.

    The nymphs with scorn beheld their foes,
    When the defendant’s council rose;
    And, what no lawyer ever lack’d,
    With impudence own’d all the fact. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Lawyer

    A lawyer or attorney is a person who practices law, as an advocate, attorney at law, barrister, barrister-at-law, bar-at-law, canonist, canon lawyer, civil law notary, counsel, counselor, solicitor, legal executive, or public servant preparing, interpreting and applying the law, but not as a paralegal or charter executive secretary. Working as a lawyer involves the practical application of abstract legal theories and knowledge to solve specific individualized problems, or to advance the interests of those who hire lawyers to perform legal services. The role of the lawyer varies greatly across different legal jurisdictions.


  1. lawyer

    A lawyer is a professional who is qualified to advise people about the law and represent them in court. They have studied law and passed examinations in order to practice, often specializing in a specific area such as criminal law, family law, or corporate law. Lawyers can act as both advocates and advisors, presenting evidence in court to argue for their client or offering legal advice on personal matters or business transactions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lawyernoun

    one versed in the laws, or a practitioner of law; one whose profession is to conduct lawsuits for clients, or to advise as to prosecution or defence of lawsuits, or as to legal rights and obligations in other matters. It is a general term, comprehending attorneys, counselors, solicitors, barristers, sergeants, and advocates

  2. Lawyernoun

    the black-necked stilt. See Stilt

  3. Lawyernoun

    the bowfin (Amia calva)

  4. Lawyernoun

    the burbot (Lota maculosa)

  5. Etymology: [From Law, like bowyer, fr. bow.]


  1. Lawyer

    A lawyer, according to Black's Law Dictionary, is "a person learned in the law; as an attorney, counsel or solicitor; a person who is practicing law." Law is the system of rules of conduct established by the sovereign government of a society to correct wrongs, maintain the stability of political and social authority, and deliver justice. Working as a lawyer involves the practical application of abstract legal theories and knowledge to solve specific individualized problems, or to advance the interests of those who retain lawyers to perform legal services. The role of the lawyer varies significantly across legal jurisdictions, and so it can be treated here in only the most general terms.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. lawyer

    1. A person who takes this from that, with the result that That hath not where to lay his head. 2. An unnecessary evil. 3. The only man in whom ignorance of the law is not punished.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    One who defends your estate against an enemy, in order to appropriate it to himself.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Lawyer

    From the old English Lawwer, literally “lawman”; the suffix is allied to the Latin vir, man.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Lawyer is ranked #8049 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Lawyer surname appeared 4,112 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Lawyer.

    80.9% or 3,328 total occurrences were White.
    14.2% or 584 total occurrences were Black.
    1.9% or 80 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.4% or 58 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.9% or 37 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.6% or 25 total occurrences were Asian.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lawyer' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4118

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lawyer' in Nouns Frequency: #997

Anagrams for lawyer »

  1. warely

  2. yawler

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lawyer in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lawyer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of lawyer in a Sentence

  1. Holly Richmond:

    Being an adult entertainer is as valid a career as being a lawyer, so this was something she chose to do to put herself through school. I would hope that she wouldn’t have to contend with that very much — it’s just a different choice.

  2. Donald Trump:

    I never instructed Michael Cohen to do anything wrong, whatever Michael Cohen did Michael Cohen did on Michael Cohen own. Michael Cohen's a lawyer.

  3. Gilberto Valle:

    Valle gave Mangan full custody of their daughter while he was ensnared in the cannibalism fantasy case. Following his exoneration, he filed court papers in Nevada -- where Mangan now lives -- seeking visitation with his daughter. But Valle decided to drop the case last month after a judge told him he must pay his ex-wife’s attorney fees, the Daily News reported late Sunday. Valle admitted to spending $50,000 so far on the legal battle, and said he couldn’t afford any more. I've been completely cleared but that doesn't mean my life is back to normal, this is going to stick with me for the rest of my life. He added: I argued it's in the child's best interest to have a father. Kathleen argued, 'He might murder my daughter.' I don't think she really thinks that. The newspaper said Mangan and her lawyer are not responding to requests for comment. We have great concern that Ms. Mangan will be forced into a co-parenting relationship with a man who will continue to traumatize her through his very public persona as the 'Cannibal Cop,' her attorney had previously written in court papers. Valle, who now reportedly works in construction, recentlypublished his first book.

  4. Anders Breivik:

    I knew I would need a lawyer one day.

  5. Li Fangping:

    I heard from their lawyer that today the trial formally started.

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