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jury

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noun ju·ry \ˈju̇r-ē\

Simple Definition of jury

  • : 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

Full Definition of jury

plural juries

  1. 1 :  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

  2. 2 :  a committee for judging and awarding prizes at a contest or exhibition

  3. 3 :  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

Rhymes with jury


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jury

adjective ju·ry

Definition of jury

  1. :  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


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jury

verb ju·ry

Definition of jury

jur·iedjury·ing

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



Origin of jury

1jury


First Known Use: 1947




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