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[law-yer, loi-er] /ˈlɔ yər, ˈlɔɪ ər/
a person whose profession is to represent clients in a court of law or to advise or act for clients in other legal matters.
New Testament. an interpreter of the Mosaic Law. Luke 14:3.
verb (used without object)
to work as a lawyer; practice law.
verb (used with object)
to submit (a case, document, or the like) to a lawyer for examination, advice, clarification, etc.
Origin of lawyer
1350-1400; Middle English lawyere. See law1, -ier1
Related forms
lawyerlike, lawyerly, adjective
delawyer, verb (used with object)
nonlawyer, noun
underlawyer, noun
unlawyerlike, adjective
unlawyerly, adjective
Can be confused Unabridged
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Examples from the web for lawyer
  • If you hire a lawyer to argue a case and they lose, there's rarely cause to sue the lawyer.
  • If the defendant or his lawyer or doctor do not believe that is the case after an evaluation, than they should argue it in court.
  • The lawyer said the policy appeared to conflict with federal law.
  • Bella wanted to be a lawyer, and to be a lawyer you had to be tall.
  • In the ethical version a lawyer helps his colleague, whereas in the unethical version the lawyer sabotages him.
  • She thinks that someday, when she's no longer dancing, she might become a lawyer who works with artists and performers.
  • The only problem is the box needs four keys to open, and the lawyer who has been holding onto the box misplaced them.
  • My lawyer made money by working with the opposing lawyer, having meetings with them and working for their mutual benefit.
  • We'll probably need a committee, somebody to handle public relations, maybe a lawyer.
  • They will be given a lawyer at no expense and will have the right to remain silent.
British Dictionary definitions for lawyer


/ˈlɔːjə; ˈlɔɪə/
a member of the legal profession, esp a solicitor See also advocate, barrister, solicitor
a popular name for burbot
Word Origin
C14: from law1
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Word Origin and History for lawyer

late 14c. (mid-14c. as a surname), from Middle English lawe "law" (see law) + -iere. Spelling with -y- first attested 1610s (see -yer).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for lawyer


Related Terms

clubhouse lawyer, jailhouse lawyer, latrine lawyer, sea lawyer

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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lawyer in the Bible

among the Jews, was one versed in the laws of Moses, which he expounded in the schools and synagogues (Matt. 22:35; Luke 10:25). The functions of the "lawyer" and "scribe" were identical. (See DOCTOR.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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