justice in eyre

Origin of justice in eyre

First recorded in 1480–90


noun Old English Law.
  1. a circuit made by an itinerant judge (justice in eyre) in medieval England.
  2. a county court held by a justice in eyre.

Origin of eyre

1250–1300; Middle English eyre < Anglo-French; Old French erre, derivative of errer to journey; see err
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British Dictionary definitions for justice in eyre


noun English legal history
  1. any of the circuit courts held in each shire from 1176 until the late 13th century
  2. justices in eyre the justices travelling on circuit and presiding over such courts

Word Origin for eyre

C13: from Old French erre journey, from errer to travel, from Latin errāre to wander


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Word Origin for Eyre

C19: named after Edward John Eyre (1815–1901), British explorer and colonial administrator


  1. Edward John. 1815–1901, British explorer and colonial administrator. He was governor of Jamaica (1864–66) until his authorization of 400 executions to suppress an uprising led to his recall
  2. Sir Richard. born 1943, British theatre director: director of the Royal National Theatre (1988–97)
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