[ 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.

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

/ (ɔɪə) /


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