noun ju·ry \ˈjr-ē\

: a group of people who are members of the public and are chosen to make a decision in a legal case

: a group of people who decide the winners in a contest

plural juries

Full Definition of JURY

:  a body of persons sworn to give a verdict on some matter submitted to them; especially :  a body of persons legally selected and sworn to inquire into any matter of fact and to give their verdict according to the evidence
:  a committee for judging and awarding prizes at a contest or exhibition
:  one (as the public or test results) that will decide —used especially in the phrase the jury is still out

Examples of JURY

  1. The jury failed to reach a verdict.
  2. She was selected to serve on a jury.

Origin of JURY

Middle English jure, from Anglo-French juree, from jurer to swear, from Latin jurare, from jur-, jus
First Known Use: 15th century

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Rhymes with JURY



Definition of JURY

:  improvised for temporary use especially in an emergency :  makeshift <a jury mast> <a jury rig>

Origin of JURY

Middle English jory (in jory saile improvised sail)
First Known Use: 15th century



Definition of JURY

transitive verb
:  to select material as appropriate for exhibition in (as an art show) —used chiefly as a participle <a juried show>

Origin of JURY

First Known Use: 1947
JURYING Defined for Kids


noun ju·ry \ˈjr-ē\
plural juries

Definition of JURY for Kids

:  a group of citizens chosen to hear and decide the facts of a case in a court of law
:  a committee that judges and awards prizes (as at an exhibition)

Word Root of JURY

The Latin word jus, meaning law or rights, and its form juris give us the roots jus and jur. Words from the Latin jus have something to do with law. A juror is a person who decides the facts of a case in a court of law. A jury is a group of jurors. When a decision in a court is just, it is fair and right and agrees with the law. Even the first two letters of judge, to form an opinion about whether something follows the law and is right, come from jus.


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