- people summoned to fill jury vacancies when the regular panel has become deficient in number, as by challenge
- [with sing. v.] the writ that summons them
Origin of talesMiddle English from Medieval Latin tales (de circumstantibus), such (of those standing about), phrase in writ summoning them from L, plural of talis, such: see that
- a. A talesman.b. A group of talesmen.
- The writ allowing for a summons of jurors.
Origin of talesMiddle English from Medieval Latin tālēs dē circumstantibus such (persons) from those standing about (a phrase used in the writ) from Latin pl. of tālis such ; see to- in Indo-European roots.
- plural form of tale
From Latin plural of talis (“such (persons)”)