[teylz-muh n, tey-leez-muh n]

Origin of talesman

First recorded in 1670–80; tales + man1
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Word Origin and History for talesman

"reserve member of a jury," 1670s, from tales "writ ordering bystanders to serve" (late 15c.), via Anglo-French (mid-13c.), from Latin tales (in tales de circumstantibus "such persons from those standing about," a clause featured in such a writ), noun use of plural of talis "such" (see that).

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