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tales

[ teylz, tey-leez ]
/ teɪlz, ˈteɪ liz /
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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)
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British Dictionary definitions for tales

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
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