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.
2. Zool. (a) The black-necked stilt. See Stilt. (b) The bowfin (Amia calva). (c) The burbot (Lota maculosa).
n : a professional person authorized to practice law; conducts
lawsuits or gives legal advice [syn: attorney]
among the Jews, was one versed in the laws of Moses, which he
expounded in the schools and synagogues (Matt. 22:35; Luke
10:25). The functions of the "lawyer" and "scribe" were
identical. (See DOCTOR.)