attorney generalattorney general
- the chief law officer and representative in legal matters of a national or state government, and the legal advisor to the chief executive
- the head of the U.S. Department of Justice and member of the President's Cabinet
nounpl. attorneys general attorneys general or attorney generals
- The chief law officer and legal counsel of the government of a state or nation.
- Attorney General The head of the US Department of Justice and a member of the President's cabinet.
(plural attorneys general)
- A major government officer throughout the English-speaking world, generally responsible for interpreting the law for the head of government and executive department and functioning as chief prosecutor, with the ability to bring civil and criminal actions directly.
- Janet Reno was Attorney General under Bill Clinton.
Anglo-Norman/Law French, (modern French avocat général), hence the unusual order of adjective following noun, instead of idiomatic English *general attorney. Compare court martial, notary public, secretary general, surgeon general.
attorney general - Legal Definition