oyer and terminer

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oy·er and ter·mi·ner

noun \ˌi-ər-ən(d)-ˈtər-mə-nər\

Definition of OYER AND TERMINER

1
:  a commission authorizing a British judge to hear and determine a criminal case at the assizes
2
:  a high criminal court in some United States states

Origin of OYER AND TERMINER

Middle English, part translation of Anglo-French oyer et terminer, literally, to hear and determine
First Known Use: 15th century

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