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noun Old English Law.

a circuit made by an itinerant judge (justice in eyre ) in medieval England.
a county court held by a justice in eyre.



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Origin of eyre

1250–1300; Middle English eyre<Anglo-French; Old French erre, derivative of errer to journey; see err

Definition for eyre (2 of 2)

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Lake, a shallow salt lake in S South Australia. 3,430 sq. mi. (8,885 sq. km).
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British Dictionary definitions for eyre (1 of 3)

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noun English legal history

any of the circuit courts held in each shire from 1176 until the late 13th century
justices in eyre the justices travelling on circuit and presiding over such courts

Word Origin for eyre

C13: from Old French erre journey, from errer to travel, from Latin errāre to wander

British Dictionary definitions for eyre (2 of 3)

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Lake Eyre a shallow salt lake or salt flat in NE central South Australia, about 11 m (35 ft) below sea level, divided into two areas (North and South); it usually contains little or no water. Maximum area: 9600 sq km (3700 sq miles)

Word Origin for Eyre

C19: named after Edward John Eyre (1815–1901), British explorer and colonial administrator

British Dictionary definitions for eyre (3 of 3)

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Edward John. 1815–1901, British explorer and colonial administrator. He was governor of Jamaica (1864–66) until his authorization of 400 executions to suppress an uprising led to his recall
Sir Richard. born 1943, British theatre director: director of the Royal National Theatre (1988–97)
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