What does lawyer mean?

Definitions for lawyer
ˈlɔ yər, ˈlɔɪ ərlawyer

Here are all the possible meanings 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.

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.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Lawyer

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

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  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. Ma Jianjun:

    To a very large extent he is half-lawyer, half-social activist. From a lawyer's perspective he is unprofessional, he's a controversial but impressive figure.

  2. J. P. Morgan:

    Well, I don't know as I want a lawyer to tell me what I cannot do. I hire him to tell how to do what I want to do.

  3. Robert Bauer:

    The criticism of Barr here, in my view, is not... that William Barr's acting as a defense lawyer of Donald Trump, i do see William Barr's helping Donald Trump, for sure, but William Barr's doing it because William Barr's advancing a particular case that William Barr feels very strongly about.

  4. Hamid Bendaas:

    If he loses it on the other hand, I think it is obviously a major blow. when we ran for AG, his campaign slogan was that he was going to be the 'people's lawyer,'.

  5. Paul Wright:

    You hire a tax professional for tax advice, you hire a lawyer for legal advice, so of course you're going to hire an ex-prisoner for prison advice, it's all about working the system.

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