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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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  • “I ought to have at least $25 a day and my expenses,” the lawyer answered.

    Campfire Girls at Twin Lakes Stella M. Francis
  • The lawyer left them at the next station to wait for a train back to Butte.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • "Allow me to ask a question or two, then," resumed the lawyer.

    The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4 George W. M. Reynolds
  • "I shall not call upon you to do that," said the lawyer, kindly.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • The first lawyer, you know, was a waif that was adopted by a tortoise and a fox.

    Memoirs of a Midget Walter de la Mare
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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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.
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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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