- 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
verb, transitive Archaic
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.