- Feudal Law to transfer homage and service from one feudal lord to another
- to agree to continue as tenant under a new landlord
Origin of attornMiddle English attournen from Old French atourner from a- (L ad), to + torner, turn
intransitive verbat·torned, at·torn·ing, at·torns
Origin of attornMiddle English attournen from Old French atorner to assign to a- to ( from Latin ad- ; see ad- . ) torner to turn ; see turn .
(third-person singular simple present attorns, present participle attorning, simple past and past participle attorned)
- (intransitive, law) To transfer one's obligations to a person to another person.
- (intransitive, law) To consent to the transfer of one's obligations as tenant under a lease to a new landlord.
From Middle English attournen, from Old French atorner (“designate”), from a- (“to”) + torner (“turn”).
attorn - Legal Definition
- To turn over or transfer something to another.
- To acknowledge a new landlord and agree to become his or her tenant.