jury

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[ joo r-ee ]
/ ˈdʒʊər i /

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.

Nearby words

  1. juristic,
  2. juristic act,
  3. juristic person,
  4. juror,
  5. juruá,
  6. jury box,
  7. jury is still out, the,
  8. jury process,
  9. jury room,
  10. jury wheel

Idioms

    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

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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


jury

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[ joo r-ee ]
/ ˈdʒʊər i /

adjective Nautical.

makeshift or temporary, as for an emergency: a jury mast.

Origin of jury

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1610–20; compare jury mast (early 17th century), of obscure origin; perhaps to be identified with late Middle English i(u)were help, aid, aphetic form of Old French ajurie, derivative of aidier to aid, with -rie -ry

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British Dictionary definitions for jury

jury

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/ (ˈdʒʊərɪ) /

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

adjective

mainly nautical (in combination) makeshiftjury-rigged

Word Origin for jury

C17: of unknown origin

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