Jury definition

jo͝orē
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(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.
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Intended or designed for temporary use; makeshift.

A jury sail.

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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.

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A group of individuals selected and sworn in to serve as the finders of fact in a civil or criminal trial, or in the case of a grand jury, to decide whether the facts warrant an indictment of the defendant.
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A jury for which only highly educated individuals have been selected, because they will be dealing with technical subject matter.
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A jury selected and sworn in by a prosecutor to determine whether to issue indictments.
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A jury selected to decide the facts in a trial (effectively, any jury other than a grand jury).
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(law) A group of individuals chosen from the general population to hear and decide a case in a court of law.
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A group of judges in a competition.
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To judge by means of a jury.
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(nautical) For temporary use; applied to a temporary contrivance.

Jury mast; jury rudder.

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To judge or evaluate by a jury.

Jurying submitted samples for a crafts fair.

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A committee that judges contestants or applicants, as in a competition or exhibition; a panel of judges.
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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.
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A group of people, often experts, selected to decide the winners or participants in a competition, exhibition, etc.
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(naut.) For temporary or emergency use; makeshift.

A jury mast, jury rig.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
jury
Plural:
juries

Origin of jury

  • Middle English jure from Anglo-Norman juree from feminine past participle of jurer to swear from Latin iūrāre from iūs iūr- law yewes- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From jury-rig

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman juree, from Medieval Latin iūrāta, from Latin iūrō (“swear or take an oath”).

    From Wiktionary