- The definition of an attorney is a professional who has graduated from law school and who is licensed to represent clients in legal matters.
An example of an attorney is a person who represents you in court in a divorce, who helps you to draft your will or who files a lawsuit on your behalf after a car accident.
An attorney in her office.
Origin of attorneyMiddle English attourne ; from Old French atourne, (one) appointed, past participle of atourner: see attorn
nounpl. at·tor·neys Abbr. Att. or Atty.
Origin of attorneyMiddle English attourney, from Old French atorne, from past participle of atorner, to appoint; see attorn.
- In the "agent" sense, the word is now used to refer to nonlawyers usually only in fixed phrases such as attorney-in-fact or power of attorney.
Old French atornee, feminine past participle of atorner (to prepare, to ready), compare attorn
attorney - Legal Definition
- One who is specially trained and licensed by a state to practice law.
- One whose profession is to provide advice or to act or represent others in legal matters. See also district attorney, public defender, and counsel.