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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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  • Herrick paused in a long stride; with his bones slowly freezing in him he turned and faced the district-attorney.

    "Persons Unknown" Virginia Tracy
  • "That is true, Mr. Prsident," responded the district-attorney.

    Les Misrables Victor Hugo
  • Scare heads, involving everybody and everything, from the district-attorney to Plank's office boy, succeeded one another.

    The Fighting Chance Robert W. Chambers
  • district-attorney Shannon, who had been listening attentively, sat down.

    The Financier Theodore Dreiser
  • The Court and district-attorney and complainant all joined in, and the case was laughed out of court.

    Lincoln's Yarns and Stories Alexander K. McClure
  • "But you are supposed to be in custody all this time," said the district-attorney.

  • There was no testimony but his and that of the coroner; but the lawyer and the district-attorney tilted with animus and vehemence.

    A Daughter of the Vine Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  • The district-attorney laughed with triumph at the little straightening of Denny's nostrils.

    "Persons Unknown" Virginia Tracy
  • The surprise of the district-attorney was, as Mr. Hickory in later days remarked, nuts to him.

    Hand and Ring Anna Katharine Green
  • Some weeks later the district-attorney renewed his motion; but again Burr was discharged by the grand jury, amid popular applause.

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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