Meaning of “district attorney” in the English Dictionary

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"district attorney" in British English

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district attorneynoun [ C ]

uk /ˌdɪs.trɪkt əˈtɜː.ni/ us /ˌdɪs.trɪkt əˈtɝː.ni/ abbreviation DA

Examples from literature

  • For any further information, I must refer you to the district attorney—the case is in his hands. 
  • The court after hearing the district attorney, denied the motion. 
  • The district attorney ran his finger briskly down a printed card. 
  • The district attorney's argument was cool, dispassionate, perfunctory. 
  • This witness's manner when making the deposition at her residence was afterward described by the district attorney as most extraordinary. 

(Definition of “district attorney” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"district attorney" in American English

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district attorneynoun [ C ]

us /ˈdɪs·trɪkt əˈtɜr·ni/ abbreviation D.A.

a lawyer who represents the government of a region in court trials, and who decides which cases the government will take to court

(Definition of “district attorney” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"district attorney" in Business English

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district attorneynoun [ C ]

uk us abbreviation D.A.

LAW in the US, a lawyer who is chosen to represent the government of a particular district (= local area or state), and whose duties include deciding whether a crime should be judged in court:

Under state law, a request for a special prosecutor can come only from a district attorney.
Police plan to review the case with the Manhattan district attorney's office early next week.

(Definition of “district attorney” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)