Definition: Jury

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Etymology 1

From Middle English jure, from Anglo-Norman juree, from Medieval Latin iūrāta, from Latin iūrō (I swear or take an oath).


jury (plural juries)

  1. (law) A group of individuals chosen from the general population to hear and decide a case in a court of law.
  2. A group of judges in a competition.

Derived terms


jury (third-person singular simple present juries, present participle jurying, simple past and past participle juried)

  1. To judge by means of a jury.

Etymology 2

Early 1600s, of uncertain origin. Perhaps ultimately from Old French ajurie, from Latin adiūtō. Alternatively, perhaps ultimately from Frankish *garu (ready, prepared), related to Middle English yore, ȝare, from Old English ġeoro, ġearu (ready, prompt, prepared, quick).


jury (not comparable)

  1. (nautical) For temporary use; applied to a temporary contrivance.

Derived terms

  • jurymast
  • jury-rig


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