One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1In Scotland, a law officer who takes charge of criminal proceedings, acting under the Lord Advocate.
2(In plural) a body appointed by the British government to provide commercial and financial services, originally to British colonies (more fully "Crown Agents for the Colonies"), now to foreign governments or international bodies (more fully "Crown Agents for Overseas Governments and Administrations").
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in The Scots Magazine.
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