attorney general

attorney general

noun, plural attorneys general, attorney generals.

  1. the chief law officer of a country or state and head of its legal department.
  2. (initial capital letters) the head of the U.S. Department of Justice: a member of the president’s cabinet.

noun plural attorneys general or attorney generals

  1. a country’s chief law officer and senior legal adviser to its government
  2. (in the US) the chief law officer and legal adviser of a state government
  3. (in some states of the US) a public prosecutor


  1. (in the United Kingdom except Scotland) the senior law officer and chief legal counsel of the Crown: a member of the government and of the House of Commons
  2. (in the US) the chief law officer and legal adviser to the Administration: head of the Department of Justice and member of the cabinet
  3. (in Australia and New Zealand) the chief government law officer: a member of Parliament and usually a cabinet minister

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