tales definition by Webster's New World
- people summoned to fill jury vacancies when the regular panel has become deficient in number, as by challenge
- the writ that summons them
Origin: Middle English ; from Midieval Latin tales (de circumstantibus), such (of those standing about), phrase in writ summoning them ; from Classical Latin plural of talis, such: see that
tales definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. tales
- A group of people summoned to fill vacancies on a jury that has become deficient in number.
- The writ allowing for a summons of jurors.
Origin: Middle 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.