docket

1 of 2

noun

dock·​et ˈdä-kət How to pronounce docket (audio)
1
: a brief written summary of a document : abstract
2
a(1)
: a formal abridged record of the proceedings in a legal action
(2)
: a register of such records
b(1)
: a list of legal causes to be tried
also : the caseload of a court or judge
(2)
: a calendar of business matters to be acted on : agenda
3
: an identifying statement about a document placed on its outer surface or cover

docket

2 of 2

verb

docketed; docketing; dockets

transitive verb

1
: to place on the docket for legal action
2
: to make a brief abstract of (something, such as a legal matter) and inscribe it in a list
3
: to inscribe (something, such as a document) with an identifying statement

Examples of docket in a Sentence

Noun The judge had to postpone some of the cases on the docket. on the Broadway docket for the early part of this season
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Noun
The defense motion was filed in February but was made public on Tuesday, along with hundreds of pages of documents from the investigation that were filed to the case docket in Florida. Eric Tucker, Twin Cities, 21 May 2024 Three of the most celebrated filmmakers of that era are on the Cannes docket this year. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 18 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for docket 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English doggette

First Known Use

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of docket was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Docket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/docket. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

docket

1 of 2 noun
dock·​et ˈdäk-ət How to pronounce docket (audio)
1
: a list of legal cases to be tried
2
: a list of items to be acted on : agenda

docket

2 of 2 verb
: to place on the docket for legal action

Legal Definition

docket

1 of 2 noun
dock·​et ˈdä-kət How to pronounce docket (audio)
1
a
: a formal abridged record of the proceedings (as motions, orders, and judgments) in a legal action
the clerk shall keep a docket in each caseU.S. Code
b
: a register of such records
2
a
: a list of legal actions to be heard by a court
the nearly 500 such cases on court docketsRorie Sherman
compare calendar
b
: the caseload of a court
a great part of our docket consisted of regulatory agency casesR. H. Bork

docket

2 of 2 transitive verb
: to enter in a docket (as of a case or a court)
closure motions must be docketed sufficiently in advanceW. R. LaFave and J. H. Israel
compare calendar
Etymology

Noun

earlier doggette, docquet summary, abstract, of unknown origin

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