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One whose profession is to give legal advice and assistance to clients and represent them in court or in other legal matters.

[Middle English lauier, from law, law; see law.]

law′yer·ly adj.


(ˈlɔːjə; ˈlɔɪə)
1. (Law) a member of the legal profession, esp a solicitor. See also advocate, barrister, solicitor
2. (Animals) a popular name for burbot
[C14: from law1]


(ˈlɔ yər, ˈlɔɪ ər)

a person whose profession is to represent clients in a court of law or to advise or act for them in other legal matters.
[1350–1400; Middle English lawyere]
law′yer•ly, adj.


1. 'lawyer'

Lawyer is a general term for a person who is qualified to advise people about the law and represent them in court.

Her lawyer was presenting closing arguments to the jury.
2. 'barrister'

In Britain, a barrister is a lawyer who speaks in the higher courts of law on behalf of either the prosecution or the defence.

...the barrister who had represented Reed at the criminal trial.
3. 'advocate'

In Scotland, a barrister is usually called an advocate.

...the defence teams, consisting of one Scottish advocate, one Scottish solicitor, and one Libyan lawyer each.
4. 'solicitor'

In Britain, a solicitor is a lawyer who gives legal advice to clients, prepares legal documents and cases, and in certain limited circumstances may represent a client in court.

Anyone with a legal problem had to consult a solicitor.
5. 'attorney'

In America, an attorney is a lawyer who acts for someone in a legal matter and is qualified to represent them in court.

Blagg has not met with an attorney since his arrest late Wednesday evening.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: - a professional person authorized to practice lawlawyer - a professional person authorized to practice law; conducts lawsuits or gives legal advice
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
counsel, counselor-at-law, pleader, advocate, counsellor, counselor - a lawyer who pleads cases in court
ambulance chaser - an unethical lawyer who incites accident victims to sue
barrister - a British or Canadian lawyer who speaks in the higher courts of law on behalf of either the defense or prosecution
conveyancer - a lawyer who specializes in the business of conveying properties
defense attorney, defense lawyer - the lawyer representing the defendant
divorce lawyer - a lawyer specializing in actions for divorce or annulment
professional, professional person - a person engaged in one of the learned professions
prosecuting attorney, prosecuting officer, prosecutor, public prosecutor - a government official who conducts criminal prosecutions on behalf of the state
public defender - a lawyer who represents indigent defendants at public expense
referee - an attorney appointed by a court to investigate and report on a case
solicitor - a British lawyer who gives legal advice and prepares legal documents
trial attorney, trial lawyer - a lawyer who specializes in defending clients before a court of law
attorney-client relation, lawyer-client relation - the responsibility of a lawyer to act in the best interests of the client


noun legal adviser, attorney, solicitor, counsel, advocate, barrister, counsellor, legal representative Prosecution and defense lawyers are expected to deliver closing arguments next week.
"If there were no bad people there would be no good lawyers" [Charles Dickens The Old Curiosity Shop]
"I'm trusting in the Lord and a good lawyer" [Oliver North]
"I don't want a lawyer to tell me what I cannot do; I hire him to tell me how to do what I want to do" [J. Pierpoint Morgan]
"Woe unto you, lawyers! For ye have taken away the key of knowledge" Bible: St. Luke
"A lawyer with his briefcase can steal more than a hundred men with guns" [Mario Puzo The Godfather]
"A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client"


A person who practices law:
Chiefly British: barrister.
advokátprávník-kaprávní zástupce
luật sư


[ˈlɔːjəʳ] Nabogado/a m/f
a divorce lawyerun abogado matrimonialista
En el Reino Unido existen dos tipos diferentes de abogados: solicitors y barristers (estos últimos reciben el nombre de advocates en Escocia). Los solicitors defienden a sus clientes ante tribunales de menor importancia y se encargan de asuntos civiles tales como la compra o venta de propiedades, testamentos, divorcios o el cobro de deudas, aunque pueden ser contratados directamente por el cliente para que los representen en casos tanto civiles como penales. Por su parte, los barristers o advocates no tratan directamente con sus clientes sino que, en los asuntos legales particulares, asesoran solamente en aquellos casos que les son remitidos por los solicitors, ya que su formación va más bien dirigida para actuar ante el Tribunal Supremo.


[ˈlɔɪər ˈlɔːjər] n
(who appears in court)avocat(e) m/f
My mother's a lawyer → Ma mère est avocate.
(who deals with sales, wills)notaire mf
(= legal expert) → juriste mf


n(Rechts)anwalt m, → (Rechts)anwältin f


[ˈlɔːjəʳ] n (in court) → avvocato/essa; (consultant) → legale m/f; (for sales, wills) → notaio
I have put the matter in the hands of my lawyer → ho affidato la questione al mio avvocato


(loː) noun
1. the collection of rules according to which people live or a country etc is governed. Such an action is against the law; law and order.
2. any one of such rules. A new law has been passed by Parliament.
3. (in science) a rule that says that under certain conditions certain things always happen. the law of gravity.
ˈlawful adjective
1. (negative unlawful) allowed by law. He was attacked while going about his lawful business.
2. just or rightful. She is the lawful owner of the property.
ˈlawfully adverb
ˈlawless adjective
paying no attention to, and not keeping, the law. In its early days, the American West was full of lawless men.
ˈlawlessly adverb
ˈlawlessness noun
lawyer (ˈloːjə) noun
a person whose work it is to know about and give advice and help to others concerning the law. If you want to make your will, consult a lawyer.
ˈlaw-abiding adjective
obeying the law. a law- abiding citizen.
law court (also court of law)
a place where people accused of crimes are tried and legal disagreements between people are judged.
ˈlawsuit noun
a quarrel or disagreement taken to a court of law to be settled.
be a law unto oneself
to be inclined not to obey rules or follow the usual customs and conventions.
the law
the police. The thief was still in the building when the law arrived.
the law of the land
the established law of a country.
lay down the law
to state something in a way that indicates that one expects one's opinion and orders to be accepted without argument.


مُحَامٍ právní zástupce, právník advokat Rechtsanwalt δικηγόρος, νομικός σύμβουλος abogado, abogado defensor asianajaja, lakimies avocat odvjetnik avvocato 事務弁護士, 弁護士 변호사 advocaat advokat, jurist prawnik, radca prawny advogado, solicitador юрисконсульт, юрист advokat, jurist ทนายความ avukat, hukuk danışmanı luật sư 律师


n. abogado-a, Mex. licenciado-a.
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His name was Joe Welling, and his fa- ther had been a man of some dignity in the commu- nity, a lawyer, and a member of the state legislature at Columbus.
When Jim was still an obscure young lawyer, struggling to make his way in New York, his career was suddenly advanced by a brilliant marriage.
They stood in little groups, listening eagerly to a sharp-faced lawyer, or, in sullen despair, eying each other.
According to some versions of the story, a regular contract to the above effect was drawn up by a lawyer, and signed and sealed in the presence of witnesses.
For, though bred a lawyer, and accustomed to speak of Bacon, Coke, Noye, and Finch, as his professional associates, the exigenties of this new country had transformed Governor Bellingham into a soldier, as well as a statesman and ruler.
Queequeg, said I, come along, you shall be my lawyer, executor, and legatee.
But this same bone is not in the tail; it is in the head, which is a sad mistake for a sagacious lawyer like Prynne.
Elzbieta had firmly fixed in her mind the last solemn warning of Jurgis: "If there is anything wrong, do not give him the money, but go out and get a lawyer.
I hid myself behind the curtains when Missis was talking with the lawyer.
His lawyer said he reckoned he would win his lawsuit and get the money if they ever got started on the trial; but then there was ways to put it off a long time, and Judge Thatcher knowed how to do it And he said people allowed there'd be another trial to get me away from him and give me to the widow for my guardian, and they guessed it would win this time.
Pembroke Howard, lawyer and bachelor, aged almost forty, was another old Virginian grandee with proved descent from the First Families.
A good part of the whispering had been occasioned by an event which was more or less rare -- the entrance of visitors: lawyer Thatcher, accompanied by a very feeble and aged man; a fine, portly, middle-aged gentle- man with iron-gray hair; and a dignified lady who was doubtless the latter's wife.