[ joo-dish-ee-er-ee, -dish-uh-ree ]
/ dʒuˈdɪʃ iˌɛr i, -ˈdɪʃ ə ri /

noun, plural ju·di·ci·ar·ies.

the judicial branch of government.
the system of courts of justice in a country.
judges collectively.


pertaining to the judicial branch or system or to judges.

Origin of judiciary

1580–90; orig. adj. < Latin jūdiciārius of the law courts, equivalent to jūdici(um) judgment (see judge) + -ārius -ary
Related formsju·di·ci·ar·i·ly, adverbsub·ju·di·ci·ar·y, adjective, noun, plural sub·ju·di·ci·ar·ies.
Can be confusedjudicial judiciary judicious (see synonym study at judicious)
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British Dictionary definitions for judiciary


/ (dʒuːˈdɪʃɪərɪ, -ˈdɪʃərɪ) /


of or relating to courts of law, judgment, or judges

noun plural -aries

the branch of the central authority in a state concerned with the administration of justiceCompare executive (def. 2), legislature
the system of courts in a country
the judges collectively; bench
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Word Origin and History for judiciary



"relating to courts," early 15c., from Latin iudiciarius "of or belonging to a court of justice," from iudicium "judgment," from iudicem (see judge (v.)). The noun meaning "a body of judges, judges collectively" is from 1802 (judicature was used in this sense from 1590s).

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