- 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.Compare grand jury, petty jury.
- a group of persons chosen to adjudge prizes, awards, etc., as in a competition.
- 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
- makeshift or temporary, as for an emergency: a jury mast.
Origin of jury2
Examples from the Web for jury
Had he been competently represented, the jury might well have failed to concur on a death sentence.How the U.S. Justice System Screws Prisoners with Disabilities
December 16, 2014
“I just feel that it should have went to a jury of his peers and they should have let the jury decide,” he said.‘They Let Him Off?’ Scenes from NYC in Disbelief
December 4, 2014
The jury met in secret for months gathering testimony from witnesses, including from Pantaleo.After No Indictment for Eric Garner Killer, Is NYC the Next Ferguson?
December 3, 2014
But as I wrote at the time, actually showing up for jury duty is even better.Are College Educated Police Safer?
December 1, 2014
The evidence considered by the jury hinged on a 90-second exchange of words, violence, and gunshots.The Three Biggest Unanswered Questions About Ferguson
November 26, 2014
On that foul throng that wrought them wrong—on Jury and on Judge!
"They didn't ring very true to the jury, it would seem," he retorted.Within the Law
"That's as may turn out before a jury," said one of the assistants gravely.In the Midst of Alarms
The jury looked at each other with amazement; such scenes were rare in their experience.
The jury was all attention now; the several exhibits were coming into view.
- a group of, usually twelve, people sworn to deliver a true verdict according to the evidence upon a case presented in a court of lawSee also grand jury, petit jury
- a body of persons appointed to judge a competition and award prizes
- the jury is still out informal it has not yet been decided or agreed on
- mainly nautical (in combination) makeshiftjury-rigged
Word Origin and History for jury
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.)).