A seated jury.
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 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 or participants in a competition, exhibition, etc.
Origin of juryMiddle English jure ; from Anglo-French juree ; from OFr, oath, judicial inquest ; from Medieval 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 of jury; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- Law A body of persons selected to decide a verdict in a legal case, based upon the evidence presented, after being given instructions on the applicable law. Also called petit jury, trial jury.
- A committee that judges contestants or applicants, as in a competition or exhibition; a panel of judges.
transitive verbju·ried, ju·ry·ing, ju·ries
Origin of juryMiddle English jure, from Anglo-Norman juree, from feminine past participle of jurer, to swear, from Latin i&umacron;rare, from i&umacron;s, i&umacron;r-, law; see yewes- in Indo-European roots.
Origin of juryFrom jury-rig.
(third-person singular simple present juries, present participle jurying, simple past and past participle juried)
- To judge by means of a jury.
- (nautical) For temporary use; applied to a temporary contrivance.
- jury mast; jury rudder
jury - Legal Definition