Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One that solicits, especially one that seeks trade or contributions.
  • noun An attorney holding a public office that handles cases involving a city, state, or other jurisdiction.
  • noun Chiefly British An attorney who advises clients on legal matters, represents clients in certain lower courts, and prepares cases for barristers to present in the higher courts.
  • noun Canadian A barrister and solicitor; a lawyer.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A tempter; an instigator.
  • noun One who solicits; one who asks with earnestness.
  • noun An advocate; specifically, one who represents a party in a court of justice, particularly a court of equity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who solicits.
  • noun An attorney or advocate; one who represents another in court; -- formerly, in English practice, the professional designation of a person admitted to practice in a court of chancery or equity. See the Note under Attorney.
  • noun The law officer of a city, town, department, or government

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun In many common law jurisdictions, a type of lawyer whose traditional role is to offer legal services to clients apart from acting as their advocate in court. A solicitor instructs a barrister to act as an advocate for their client in court, although rights of audience for solicitors vary according to jurisdiction.
  • noun In English Canada and in parts of Australia, a type of lawyer who historically held the same role as above, but whose role has in modern times been merged with that of a barrister.
  • noun In parts of the U.S., the chief legal officer of a city, town or other jurisdiction.
  • noun North America A person soliciting sales, especially door to door.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a petitioner who solicits contributions or trade or votes
  • noun a British lawyer who gives legal advice and prepares legal documents

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Examples

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  • In South Carolina, this is a title given to a District Attorney or an Assistant DA.

    August 21, 2008

  • The Solicitor is a rare unspeaking major part in a Savoy opera, representing Mr. Bunthorne the Aesthetic Poet in Patience. Mr. Bunthorne announces that his Solicitor has given him the advice to raffle himself off for marriage, after which the horrified suitors of the young ladies purchasing tickets curse him off the stage. Many directors take advantage of his silence yet presence on stage for a good deal of time for some situational comedy.

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