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district attorney

an officer who acts as attorney for the people or government within a specified district.
Origin of district attorney
1780-90, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Among the decent portion of society the ‘motives’ of the district attorney do not arouse even passing curiosity.

  • Mr. district attorney was apparently distressed, but resigned.

    The Story of a Mine Bret Harte
  • In old times he had been a notable poker player, but had abandoned it on his election as district attorney.

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

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • 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

(in the US) the state prosecuting officer in a specified judicial district
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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