Lawyer
Lawyer Law"yer, n. [From {Law}, like bowyer, fr. bow.] 1. One versed in the laws, or a practitioner of law; one whose profession is to conduct lawsuits for clients, or to advise as to prosecution or defence of lawsuits, or as to legal rights and obligations in other matters. It is a general term, comprehending attorneys, counselors, solicitors, barristers, sergeants, and advocates. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) (a) The black-necked stilt. See {Stilt}. (b) The bowfin ({Amia calva}). (c) The burbot ({Lota maculosa}). [1913 Webster]

{Philadelphia lawyer}, A lawyer knowledgeable about the most detailed and minute points of law, especially one with an exceptional propensity and ability to exploit fine technical points of law for the client's advantage. [PJC]


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  • Lawyer — law·yer / lȯ yər/ n: one whose profession is to advise clients as to legal rights and obligations and to represent clients in legal proceedings Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. lawyer …   Law dictionary

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  • lawyer — lawyer, counselor, barrister, counsel, advocate, attorney, solicitor Lawyer is the general term designating a person versed in the principles of law and authorized to practice law in the courts or to serve clients in the capacity of legal agent… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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  • lawyer — [lô′yər] n. [ME lawyere: see LAW & IER] a person who has been trained in the law, esp. one whose profession is advising others in matters of law or representing them in lawsuits vi. to work as a lawyer lawyerly adj. SYN. LAWYER is the general… …   English World dictionary

  • Lawyer — (engl., spr. laojer, von law, »Gesetz, Recht«), Rechtskundiger, namentlich Sachwalter, Advokat …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Lawyer — (engl., spr. lahjĕr), Sachwalter, Rechtsanwalt …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • lawyer — late 14c. (mid 14c. as a surname), from M.E. lawe law (see LAW (Cf. law)) + iere. Spelling with y first attested 1610s (see YER (Cf. yer)) …   Etymology dictionary

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