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[joo r-ee] /ˈdʒʊər i/
noun, plural juries.
a group of persons sworn to render a verdict or true answer on a question or questions officially submitted to them.
such a group selected according to law and sworn to inquire into or determine the facts concerning a cause or an accusation submitted to them and to render a verdict to a court.
a group of persons chosen to adjudge prizes, awards, etc., as in a competition.
verb (used with object), juried, jurying.
to judge or evaluate by means of a jury:
All entries will be juried by a panel of professionals.
the jury is (still) out, a decision, determination, or opinion has yet to be rendered:
The jury is still out on the president's performance.
Origin of jury1
1250-1300; Middle English jurie, juree, < Old French juree oath, juridical inquiry, noun use of juree, feminine past participle of jurer to swear; cf. jurat
Related forms
juryless, adjective
Usage note Unabridged
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  • He was all-powerful with juries, and with the people he was always a favorite.

    Stories Of Ohio William Dean Howells
  • Emancipists sat on these juries, and exulted in the privilege.

  • juries be everything, and juries will go accordin' to their feelin's, as well as other men.

    The Chainbearer J. Fenimore Cooper
  • juries are uncertain; the law is somewhat elastic; judges are peculiar.

  • A magistrate relies only on reason and its laws; juries are floated to and fro by the waves of sentiment.

    An Historical Mystery Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for juries


noun (pl) -ries
a group of, usually twelve, people sworn to deliver a true verdict according to the evidence upon a case presented in a court of law See also grand jury, petit jury
a body of persons appointed to judge a competition and award prizes
(informal) the jury is still out, it has not yet been decided or agreed on
Word Origin
C14: from Old French juree, from jurer to swear; see juror


(mainly nautical) (in combination) makeshift: jury-rigged
Word Origin
C17: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for juries



early 14c. (attested from late 12c. in Anglo-Latin), from Anglo-French juree (late 13c.), from Medieval Latin iurata "an oath, an inquest," fem. past participle of Latin iurare "to swear," from ius (genitive iuris) "law" (see jurist). Meaning "body of persons chosen to award prizes at an exhibition" is from 1851. Grand jury attested from early 15c. in Anglo-French (le graund Jurre).


"temporary," 1610s, in jury-mast, a nautical term for a temporary mast put in place of one broken or blown away, of uncertain origin. The word perhaps is ultimately from Old French ajurie "help, relief," from Latin adjutare (see aid (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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