- The definition of a jury is a group of people appointed to decide a verdict.
An example of a jury is twelve men and women selected to decide if a person is guilty or innocent in a murder trial.
A seated jury.
jury definition by Webster's New World
- a group of people sworn to hear the evidence and inquire into the facts in a law case, and to give a decision in accordance with their findings
- a group of people, often experts, selected to decide the winners and award the prizes in a competition or contest
Origin: Middle English jure ; from Anglo-French juree ; from Old French oath, judicial inquest ; from Midieval Latin jurata, a jury, properly feminine past participle of Classical Latin jurare, to take an oath, swear ; from jus (gen. juris), law ; from Indo-European an unverified form yewos, fixed rule from source Old Irish huisse, just
Origin: ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
jury definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. ju·ries
- Law A body of persons sworn to judge and give a verdict on a given matter, especially a body of persons summoned by law and sworn to hear and hand down a verdict upon a case presented in court.
- A committee, usually of experts, that judges contestants or applicants, as in a competition or exhibition; a panel of judges.
Origin: Middle English jure, from Anglo-Norman juree, from feminine past participle of jurer, to swear, from Latin iūrāre, from iūs, iūr-, law; see yewes- in Indo-European roots.
Origin: From jury-rig.
jury - Legal Definition