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[proh-sey-ver-bahl; French praw-se-ver-bal]
noun, plural pro·cès-ver·baux [proh-sey-ver-boh; French praw-se-ver-boh] /proʊˈseɪ vɛrˈboʊ; French prɔ sɛ vɛrˈboʊ/.
  1. a report of proceedings, as of an assembly.
  2. French Law. an authenticated written account of facts in connection with a criminal or other charge.
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Origin of procès-verbal

From French, dating back to 1625–35; see origin at process, verbal
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Examples from the Web for proces-verbal

Historical Examples

  • He must lie until the police arrived and drew up the proces-verbal.

    Simon the Jester

    William J. Locke

  • We shall draw up the proces-verbal, and you will sleep in jail.

  • Hubertine had just learned that the proces-verbal at Monsieur Grandsire's, for the guardianship of the child, had been signed.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • Documents inedits sur l'Histoire de France; proces-verbal de Masselin, p. 76.

  • Proces-verbal du Directoire de Clermont in Choiseul, p. 189-95.

    The French Revolution

    Thomas Carlyle

British Dictionary definitions for proces-verbal


noun plural -baux (-bo)
  1. a written record of an official proceeding; minutes
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Word Origin

C17: from French: see process 1, verbal
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