assize

[ uh-sahyz ]
/ əˈsaɪz /

noun

Usually assizes. a trial session, civil or criminal, held periodically in specific locations in England, usually by a judge of a superior court.
an edict, ordinance, or enactment made at a session of a legislative assembly.
an inquest before members of a jury or assessors; a judicial inquiry.
an action, writ, or verdict of an assize.
judgment: the last assize; the great assize.
a statute for the regulation and control of weights and measures or prices of general commodities in the market.

Origin of assize

1250–1300; Middle English asise < Old French: a sitting, noun use of feminine of asis seated at (past participle of aseeir), equivalent to a- a-5 + -sis < Latin sēssum (sed- stem of sedēre to sit1 + -tus past participle suffix)
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assize

/ (əˈsaɪz) /

noun

(in the US)
  1. a sitting of a legislative assembly or administrative body
  2. an enactment or order of such an assembly
English history a trial or judicial inquest, the writ instituting such inquest, or the verdict
Scots law
  1. trial by jury
  2. another name for jury 1

Word Origin for assize

C13: from Old French assise session, from asseoir to seat, from Latin assidēre to sit beside; see assess
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