tales

[ teylz, tey-leez ]
/ teɪlz, ˈteɪ liz /

noun Law.

(used with a plural verb) persons chosen to serve on the jury when the original panel is insufficiently large: originally selected from among those present in court.
(used with a singular verb) the order or writ summoning such jurors.

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Origin of tales

1300–50; Middle English < Medieval Latin tālēs (dē circumstantibus) such (of the bystanders)

Definition for tales (2 of 2)

tale
[ teyl ]
/ teɪl /

noun

Origin of tale

before 900; Middle English; Old English talu series, list, narrative, story; cognate with Dutch taal speech, language, German Zahl number, Old Norse tala number, speech. See tell1

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH tale

tail tale
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British Dictionary definitions for tales (1 of 2)

tales
/ (ˈteɪliːz) /

noun law

(functioning as plural) a group of persons summoned from among those present in court or from bystanders to fill vacancies on a jury panel
(functioning as singular) the writ summoning such jurors

Derived forms of tales

talesman, noun

Word Origin for tales

C15: from Medieval Latin phrase tālēs dē circumstantibus such men from among the bystanders, from Latin tālis such

British Dictionary definitions for tales (2 of 2)

tale
/ (teɪl) /

noun

Word Origin for tale

Old English talu list; related to Old Frisian tele talk, Old Saxon, Old Norse tala talk, number, Old High German zala number
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Idioms and Phrases with tales

tale

see old wives' tale; tall tale; tell tales; thereby hangs a tale.

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