Definition of attorn in English:

attorn

verb

[no object]Law
  • 1Formally make or acknowledge a transfer of something.

    • ‘They were parties in the U.S. litigation and had attorned to U.S. jurisdiction.’
    • ‘Having intervened the minister attorned to the jurisdiction of the court.’
    • ‘Mrs. Varga shall attorn to this jurisdiction in relation to all issues of custody and access.’
    • ‘If they have been stored in the customer's name, the warehouseman should be required to attorn to the bank.’
    1. 1.1archaic with object Transfer (something) to someone else.
      ‘a lord might attorn his vassals service to some other’
      • ‘Mr. Binder had attorned rents to the first mortgagee.’
      transfer, make over, give, pass, hand over, hand down, convey, consign, alienate
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Phrases

  • attorn tenant

    • Formally make or acknowledge a transfer of tenancy.

      • ‘An attornment clause in a mortgage whereby the mortgagor attorns tenant at will to the mortgagee is not a true contract.’

Origin

Middle English (in the senses ‘turn, change, transform’): from Old French atorner ‘appoint, assign’, from a- (from Latin ad ‘to, at’) + torner ‘to turn’. The spelling with o rather than u or ou, as might have been expected in English, is due to the late Anglo-Norman French form attorner, adopted in legal use.

Pronunciation

attorn

/əˈtəːn/