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[joo r-at]
  1. Law. a certificate on an affidavit, by the officer, showing by whom, when, and before whom it was sworn to.
  2. a sworn officer; a magistrate; a member of a permanent jury.
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Origin of jurat

1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin jūrātus sworn man, noun use of L past participle of jūrāre to swear, equivalent to jūrā- verb stem + -tus past participle suffix
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Historical Examples of jurat

  • When I have served a year as jurat, and have paid a ducat for my diploma.

    The Nameless Castle

    Maurus Jkai

  • In 1834 he returned to his country, and attended the sittings of the Diet, at Presburg, as Jurat.

  • Every jurat fixed his eye upon Guida as though she had come to claim his life.

  • It had belonged to a jurat of repute, who parted with it to Mattingley not long before he died.

  • Thomas Harvey was a jurat, or alderman, of Folkestone, where he served the office of mayor in 1600.

    William Harvey

    D'Arcy Powers

British Dictionary definitions for jurat


  1. law a statement at the foot of an affidavit, naming the parties, stating when, where, and before whom it was sworn, etc
  2. (in England) a municipal officer of the Cinque Ports, having a similar position to that of an alderman
  3. (in France and the Channel Islands) a magistrate
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Word Origin for jurat

C16: from Medieval Latin jūrātus one who has been sworn, from Latin jūrāre to swear
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Word Origin and History for jurat


"one who has taken an oath," early 15c. (mid-14c. in Anglo-French), from Medieval Latin iuratus, literally "sworn man," noun use of past participle of iurare "to swear" (see jury (n.)).

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