oyer

[ oh-yer, oi-er ]
/ ˈoʊ yər, ˈɔɪ ər /

noun Law.

a hearing in open court involving the production of some document pleaded by one party and demanded by the other, the party pleading the document being said to make profert.

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Origin of oyer

1375–1425; late Middle English <Anglo-French; Old French oïr to hear <Latin audīre
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British Dictionary definitions for oyer

oyer
/ (ɔɪə) /

noun

English legal history (in the 13th century) an assize
(formerly) the reading out loud of a document in court
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