[joo r-ee]

noun, plural ju·ries.

a group of persons sworn to render a verdict or true answer on a question or questions officially submitted to them.
such a group selected according to law and sworn to inquire into or determine the facts concerning a cause or an accusation submitted to them and to render a verdict to a court.Compare grand jury, petty jury.
a group of persons chosen to adjudge prizes, awards, etc., as in a competition.

verb (used with object), ju·ried, ju·ry·ing.

to judge or evaluate by means of a jury: All entries will be juried by a panel of professionals.


    the jury is (still) out, a decision, determination, or opinion has yet to be rendered: The jury is still out on the president's performance.

Origin of jury

1250–1300; Middle English jurie, juree, < Old French juree oath, juridical inquiry, noun use of juree, feminine past participle of jurer to swear; cf. jurat
Related formsju·ry·less, adjective

Usage note

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Related Words for juries

tribunal, board, peers, judges

Examples from the Web for juries

Contemporary Examples of juries

Historical Examples of juries

  • In this sense he was a fine and effective speaker to courts and juries.

  • He omits to tell us whether he would allow his juries to vote.

  • If you make the criminal code sanguinary, juries will not convict.

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • He lectured to us just as he talked to the juries, quietly and slowly—like a teacher.

    The Marx He Knew

    John Spargo

  • All were condemned by juries to death for high treason on 12th May.

    Henry VIII.

    A. F. Pollard

British Dictionary definitions for juries



noun plural -ries

a group of, usually twelve, people sworn to deliver a true verdict according to the evidence upon a case presented in a court of lawSee also grand jury, petit jury
a body of persons appointed to judge a competition and award prizes
the jury is still out informal it has not yet been decided or agreed on

Word Origin for jury

C14: from Old French juree, from jurer to swear; see juror




mainly nautical (in combination) makeshiftjury-rigged

Word Origin for jury

C17: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for juries



early 14c. (attested from late 12c. in Anglo-Latin), from Anglo-French juree (late 13c.), from Medieval Latin iurata "an oath, an inquest," fem. past participle of Latin iurare "to swear," from ius (genitive iuris) "law" (see jurist). Meaning "body of persons chosen to award prizes at an exhibition" is from 1851. Grand jury attested from early 15c. in Anglo-French (le graund Jurre).



"temporary," 1610s, in jury-mast, a nautical term for a temporary mast put in place of one broken or blown away, of uncertain origin. The word perhaps is ultimately from Old French ajurie "help, relief," from Latin adjutare (see aid (n.)).

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