What does solicitor mean?

Definitions for solicitor
səˈlɪs ɪ tərso·lic·i·tor

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. solicitor, canvassernoun

    a petitioner who solicits contributions or trade or votes

  2. solicitornoun

    a British lawyer who gives legal advice and prepares legal documents


  1. solicitornoun

    In many common law jurisdictions, a type of lawyer whose traditional role is to offer legal services to clients apart from acting as their advocate in court. A solicitor instructs a barrister to act as an advocate for their client in court, although rights of audience for solicitors vary according to jurisdiction.

  2. solicitornoun

    In English Canada and in parts of Australia, a type of lawyer who historically held the same role as above, but whose role has in modern times been merged with that of a barrister.

  3. solicitornoun

    In parts of the U.S., the chief legal officer of a city, town or other jurisdiction.

  4. solicitornoun

    A person soliciting sales, especially door to door.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Solicitornoun

    Etymology: from solicit.

    Be merry, Cassio;
    For thy solicitor shall rather die,
    Than give thy cause away. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    Honest minds will consider poverty as a recommendation in the person who applies himself to them, and make the justice of his cause the most powerful solicitor in his behalf. Addison.

    For the king’s attorney and solicitor general, their continual use for the king’s service requires men every way fit. Francis Bacon.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Solicitornoun

    one who solicits

  2. Solicitornoun

    an attorney or advocate; one who represents another in court; -- formerly, in English practice, the professional designation of a person admitted to practice in a court of chancery or equity. See the Note under Attorney

  3. Solicitornoun

    the law officer of a city, town, department, or government; as, the city solicitor; the solicitor of the treasury

  4. Etymology: [F. solliciteur, L. sollicitator.]


  1. Solicitor

    A solicitor is a lawyer who traditionally deals with any legal matter including conducting proceedings in court. In the United Kingdom, a few Australian states, Hong Kong, South Africa and the Republic of Ireland, the legal profession is split between solicitors and barristers, and a lawyer will usually only hold one of the two titles. However, in Canada, New Zealand and most Australian states, the legal profession is now for practical purposes "fused", allowing lawyers to hold the title of "barrister and solicitor" and practice as both. The distinction between barristers and solicitors is, however, retained. Some legal graduates will start off as one and then decide to become the other.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'solicitor' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3269

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'solicitor' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2367

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'solicitor' in Nouns Frequency: #804

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of solicitor in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of solicitor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of solicitor in a Sentence

  1. Ted Cruz:

    I was not a community organizer before I was elected to the Senate, i spent five and a half years as the solicitor-general of Texas, the chief lawyer for the state of Texas in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

  2. Kristan Hawkins:

    It is an insane decision that even a pro-abortion administration such as the Biden administration, we understand fully that they don't care about the value of pre-born lives, we understand their position. The U.S. solicitor general argued that in front of the Supreme Court just two weeks ago, but to put women's lives at risk just to further their cause and to think that they're doing some sort of end run around Roe vs. Wade, it's a completely reckless and insane decision.

  3. Eric Bland:

    If you flee a traffic stop, it's a death sentence. We think it's wrong, and we think the solicitor got it wrong, zachary, no question, tried to leave. But it's clear he didn't turn to run over Lt. Tiller, but Tiller put himself in a position of danger.

  4. Neama Rahmani:

    When you hire the former Acting Solicitor General to handle an appeal, it’s a big deal.

  5. Ted Cruz:

    I spent five and a half years as the solicitor-general of Texas, the chief lawyer for the state of Texas in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

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    a person or thing that takes or can take the place of another
    • A. apex
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