[ teylz-muh n, tey-leez-muh n ]
/ ˈteɪlz mən, ˈteɪ liz mən /

noun, plural tales·men.

a person summoned as one of the tales.

Nearby words

  1. talent scout,
  2. talent show,
  3. talented,
  4. taler,
  5. tales,
  6. taleteller,
  7. tali,
  8. tali-,
  9. taliban,
  10. taliban movement

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper