Origin of assize
Related Words for assizestribunal, decree, court, ordinance, enactment, inquest, rule, hearing, trial, session, measure, assembly
Examples from the Web for assizes
Historical Examples of assizes
On the eighth day of the assizes there were but fifty of us left in the wool warehouse.
He was referred to assizes, but got away in the meanwhile, and so saved his neck.
At the trial of Roubaud he acted as assessor to the assizes.A Zola Dictionary
J. G. Patterson
His ignorance of law was soon shewn at the Lancaster assizes.James Boswell
William Keith Leask
She was committed for trial at the assizes, as the magistrate had no ducking-stool.Bygone Punishments
- a sitting of a legislative assembly or administrative body
- an enactment or order of such an assembly
- trial by jury
- another name for jury 1
Word Origin for assize
"session of a law court," c.1300 (attested from mid-12c. in Anglo-Latin), from Old French assise "session, sitting of a court" (12c.), properly fem. past participle of asseoir "to cause to sit," from Latin assidere (see assess). Originally "all legal proceedings of the nature of inquests or recognitions;" hence sessions held periodically in each county of England to administer civil and criminal justice.