- (RP) IPA: /ˈlɔːjə(ɹ)/, /ˈlɔɪ.ə(ɹ)/
- (America, Northern and Western) IPA: /ˈlɔɪ.ɚ/
- (America, Southern) IPA: /ˈlɔ.jɚ/
lawyer (plural lawyers)
- A professional person qualified (as by a law degree or bar exam) and authorized to practice law, i.e. represent parties in lawsuits or trials and give legal advice.
- 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter II, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326 ↗:
- 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; […].
- A lawyer's time and advice are his stock in trade. - aphorism often credited to Abraham Lincoln, but without attestation
- (by extension) A legal layman who argues points of law.
- (UK, colloquial) The burbot.
- (UK, dialect) The stem of a bramble.
- French: juriste, homme de loi, informally also avocat, avocate
- German: Rechtsanwalt, Anwalt, Rechtsanwältin (female), Anwältin (female)
- Italian: avvocato, legale
- Portuguese: advogado, advogada
- Russian: юри́ст
- Spanish: abogado, abogada, letrado (formal), notario
lawyer (lawyers, present participle lawyering; past and past participle lawyered)
- (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!
- A male given name