a person who solicits.
a person whose business it is to solicit business, trade, etc.
an officer having charge of the legal business of a city, town, etc.
(in England and Wales) a member of that branch of the legal profession whose services consist of advising clients, representing them before the lower courts, and preparing cases for barristers to try in the higher courts. Compare barrister ( def 1 ).

1375–1425; late Middle English solicitour < Anglo-French; Middle French soliciteur. See solicit, -or2

solicitorship, noun

4. lawyer, attorney, counselor. Unabridged
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solicitor (səˈlɪsɪtə)
1.  Compare barrister (in Britain) a lawyer who advises clients on matters of law, draws up legal documents, prepares cases for barristers, etc, and who may represent clients in certain courts
2.  (in the US) an officer responsible for the legal affairs of a town, city, etc
3.  a person who solicits

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Word Origin & History

early 15c., "one who urges," from M.Fr. soliciteur, from soliciter (see solicit). Meaning "one who conducts matters on behalf of another" is from early 15c. As a name for a specific class of legal practitioners in Britain, it is attested from 1570s.
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Example sentences
In a friend-of-the-court brief submitted by the office of the solicitor.
His solicitor says the charges against him were dismissed by magistrates.
No telephone solicitor will ever call your house at dinner.
The government's solicitor-general undertook not to make any payments until the
  court case was concluded.
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