[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.

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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  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

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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