from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that solicits, especially one that seeks trade or contributions.
  • n. The chief law officer of a city, town, or government department.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Canadian A barrister and solicitor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.
  • n. In parts of the U.S., the chief legal officer of a city, town or other jurisdiction.
  • n. A person soliciting sales, especially door to door.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who solicits.
  • n.
  • n. 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.
  • n. The law officer of a city, town, department, or government

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • In the USA the term solicitor has nothing to do with the practice of law.

    Attorney, Lawyer, Barrister, Solicitor and Notary (English)

  • Because on this side of the pond, what we call a solicitor is what you call an attorney.

    Mmmm… Rude-osity « Whatever

  • Lady Margaret Huggins (1848-1915), the daughter of a Dublin solicitor, became a pioneer of astronomical spectroscopy in partnership with her husband, Sir William Huggins (1824-1910) at their home in Tulse Hill

    The Prime Minister's haiku

  • The practising solicitor is constantly concerned with what some people would consider to be trifles.

    Legal Education—For What?

  • The solicitor is the one who has the defendant or plaintiff as a client, and can sue for unpaid fees.

    Diogenes' Thumbprint: Libraries and History

  • So I called my solicitor, I remember the first time she explained to me about SIAC, and secret evidence, and she said 'I'll try to get you out, but ...'

    IRR News

  • Court Justice John Paul Stevens, he called the solicitor general and former Harvard Law School dean "one of the nation's foremost legal minds."

    Latest Articles

  • He'd play a lawyer-sorry, "solicitor" -- involved in settling an estate, meeting the widow, discovering strange supernatural things about the house where the deceased lived.


  • If this woman was married to a solicitor wouldn’t she get UK citenship – unless of course the solicitor has not got it – maybe even the solicitor is working illegally … ..

    Who Said I Lied? (because I never) « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • Dawkins’s solicitor is quoted as mentioning this point as crucial to whether they can proceed. on April 12, 2010 at 4: 40 pm shijuro

    Perverting The Course Of Everything « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • 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.

    August 21, 2008

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

    August 21, 2008