to acknowledge the relation of a tenant to a new landlord.
to turn over to another; transfer.
(law) to acknowledge a new owner of land as one’s landlord
(feudal history) to transfer allegiance or do homage to a new lord
late 13c., Anglo-French, “to turn over to another,” from Old French atorner “to turn, turn to, assign, attribute, dispose,” from a- “to” + tourner “to turn” (see turn (v.)). In feudal law, “to transfer homage or allegiance to another lord.”
a lawyer; attorney-at-law. an attorney-in-fact; agent. Contemporary Examples AG: The president looks to the attorney general for legal advice. Bush’s Lawyers Strike Back Dan Abrams May 2, 2009 The U.S. attorney, Leura Canary, argued this was tantamount to sale of a public office and brought charges. What the Justice Department is Hiding Scott Horton November […]
an officer of the court authorized to appear before it as a representative of a party to a legal controversy. Contemporary Examples She served as a social worker, lecturer and educator before becoming an attorney-at-law. 2012 Summit: Who’s On Stage March 5, 2012 Historical Examples We cannot for the small business transactions of life be […]
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the chief law officer of a country or state and head of its legal department. (initial capital letters) the head of the U.S. Department of Justice: a member of the president’s cabinet. Contemporary Examples “This is either incompetence or incredibly bad judgment” by the attorney general and others within his inner circle, she said. Eric […]
a person authorized by power of attorney to act on the authorizer’s behalf outside a court of law.