commission of oyer and terminer

Definition of commission of oyer and terminer

  1. :  a commission authorizing an English judge (as a High Court judge on circuit) to hear and determine at the assizes all indicted cases of treason, felony, or misdemeanor committed in the county —called also writ of oyer and terminer

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up commission of oyer and terminer? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

Get Word of the Day daily email!