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district attorney

noun
1.
an officer who acts as attorney for the people or government within a specified district.
Origin of district attorney
1780-1790
1780-90, Americanism
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  • Among the decent portion of society the ‘motives’ of the district attorney do not arouse even passing curiosity.

  • Do you, Mr. district attorney, whose business it is to send girls there?

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • In old times he had been a notable poker player, but had abandoned it on his election as district attorney.

    Manslaughter Alice Duer Miller
  • The district attorney noticed with satisfaction that they were very few.

    An American Suffragette Isaac N. Stevens
  • The district attorney was not the man from whom she could hope to obtain any opinion in reference to the prisoner's innocence.

    Hand and Ring Anna Katharine Green
British Dictionary definitions for district attorney

district attorney

noun
1.
(in the US) the state prosecuting officer in a specified judicial district
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district attorney in Culture
district attorney (DA)

An official responsible for representing the government in court cases and for prosecuting criminals.

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