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, attorney(noun)

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


  1. lawyer(Noun)

    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. lawyer(Noun)

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

  3. lawyer(Verb)

    To practice law.

  4. lawyer(Verb)

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

  5. lawyer(Verb)

    To make legalistic arguments.

  6. lawyer(Verb)

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

  7. lawyer(Verb)

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

  8. lawyer(Verb)

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lawyer(noun)

    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. Lawyer(noun)

    the black-necked stilt. See Stilt

  3. Lawyer(noun)

    the bowfin (Amia calva)

  4. Lawyer(noun)

    the burbot (Lota maculosa)

  5. Origin: [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.

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

How to pronounce lawyer?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say lawyer in sign language?

  1. lawyer


  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. Judge Steven O'Neill:

    That's the lawyer's job.

  2. Jay Goldberg:

    No defense lawyer would say that.

  3. Anders Breivik:

    I knew I would need a lawyer one day.

  4. Will Durst:

    Criminal lawyer. Or is that redundant?

  5. Rickey Cole:

    He’s just been Jim Hood, the people's lawyer.

Images & Illustrations of lawyer

  1. lawyerlawyerlawyerlawyerlawyer

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for lawyer

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for lawyer »


Find a translation for the lawyer definition in other languages:

Select another language:

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

Discuss these lawyer definitions with the community:

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:


"lawyer." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2019. Web. 8 Dec. 2019. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/lawyer>.

Are we missing a good definition for lawyer? 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!

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for lawyer:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.