Definition of talesman
1 : a person added to a jury usually from among bystanders to make up a deficiency in the available number of jurors
2 : a member of a large pool of persons called for jury duty from which jurors are selected
Origin of talesman
Middle English tales talesmen, from Medieval Latin tales de circumstantibus such (persons) of the bystanders; from the wording of the writ summoning them
First Known Use: 1679
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