Talesman meaning

tālz'mən, tā'lēz-
A member of a jury panel chosen from bystanders when a regularly summoned jury turns out to be insufficient in number for a scheduled trial.
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A person summoned as one of the tales.
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(rare) The author or relater of a tale; storyteller; a speaker of tales (male).
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(law) Someone summoned to a jury when a tales is awarded, to make up numbers.
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Origin of talesman

From tales talesman, writ of tales