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[teylz-muh n, tey-leez-muh n] /ˈteɪlz mən, ˈteɪ liz mən/
noun, plural talesmen.
a person summoned as one of the tales.
Origin of talesman
First recorded in 1670-80; tales + man1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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"reserve member of a jury," 1670s, from tales "writ ordering bystanders to serve" (late 15c.), via Anglo-French (mid-13c.), from Latin tales (in tales de circumstantibus "such persons from those standing about," a clause featured in such a writ), noun use of plural of talis "such" (see that).

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