- Also called trial docket. a list of cases in court for trial, or the names of the parties who have cases pending.
- Chiefly British.
- an official memorandum or entry of proceedings in a legal cause.
- a register of such entries.
- any of various certificates or warrants giving the holder right to obtain, buy, or move goods that are controlled by the government, as a custom-house docket certifying duty has been paid.
- the list of business to be transacted by a board, council, legislative assembly, or the like.
- British. a writing on a letter or document stating its contents; any statement of particulars attached to a package, envelope, etc.; a label or ticket.
- Law. to enter in the docket of the court.
- Law. to make an abstract or summary of the heads of, as a document; abstract and enter in a book: judgments regularly docketed.
- to endorse (a letter, document, etc.) with a memorandum.
Origin of docket
First recorded in 1475–85; earlier dogget, of obscure origin
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- mainly British a piece of paper accompanying or referring to a package or other delivery, stating contents, delivery instructions, etc, sometimes serving as a receipt
- an official summary of the proceedings in a court of justice
- a register containing such a summary
- a customs certificate declaring that duty has been paid
- a certificate giving particulars of a shipment and allowing its holder to obtain a delivery order
- a summary of contents, as in a document
- US a list of things to be done
- US law
- a list of cases awaiting trial
- the names of the parties to pending litigation
- to fix a docket to (a package, etc)
- to make a summary of (a document, judgment, etc)
- to abstract and enter in a book or register
- to endorse (a document, etc) with a summary
C15: of unknown origin
Word Origin and History for trial-docket
mid-15c., "a summary or abstract," of unknown origin, perhaps a diminutive form related to dock (v.). An early form was doggette. Meaning "list of lawsuits to be tried" is from 1709.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper