- lawer (obsolete)
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈlɔːjə(ɹ)/, /ˈlɔɪ.ə(ɹ)/
- (US, Northern and Western) IPA(key): /ˈlɔɪ.ɚ/
- (US, Southern) IPA(key): /ˈlɔ.jɚ/
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- Rhymes: -ɔɪ.ə(ɹ)
- Hyphenation: law‧yer
lawyer (plural lawyers)
- A professional person qualified (as by a law degree and/or bar exam) and authorized to practice law, i.e. conduct lawsuits and/or give legal advice.
1907, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, “chapter II”, in The Younger Set (Project Gutenberg; EBook #14852), New York, N.Y.: A. L. Burt Company, published 1 February 2005 (Project Gutenberg version), OCLC 4241346:
- His forefathers had been, as a rule, professional men—physicians and lawyers; his grandfather died under the walls of Chapultepec Castle while twisting a tourniquet for a cursing dragoon; an uncle remained indefinitely at Malvern Hill; […].
- By extension, a legal layman who argues points of law.
Terms derived from lawyer
a layman who argues points of law
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- (informal, intransitive) To practice law.
- (intransitive) To perform, or attempt to perform, the work of a lawyer.
- (intransitive) To make legalistic arguments.
- (informal, transitive) To barrage (a person) with questions in order to get them to admit something.
- You've been lawyered!
- ^ Oxford English Dictionary. "Lawyer, n."