attorney

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Old French atorné, aturné, atourné, masculine past participle of atourner ("to attorn", in the sense of "one appointed or constituted").[1]

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attorney (plural attorneys)

  1. (US) A lawyer; one who advises or represents others in legal matters as a profession. (UK 19th century and earlier) One such who practised in the courts of the common law (cf solicitor, proctor). (UK, 20th century and later, rare, usually pejorative) A solicitor.
  2. (obsolete outside set phrases) An agent or representative authorized to act on someone else's behalf.

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  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary (1971), p. 553.