jury

noun
ju·​ry | \ ˈju̇r-ē How to pronounce jury (audio) , ˈjər-\
plural juries

Definition of jury

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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 : a committee for judging and awarding prizes at a contest or exhibition
3 : one (such as the public or test results) that will decide used especially in the phrase the jury is still out

jury

verb
juried; jurying

Definition of jury (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to select material as appropriate for exhibition in (something, such as an art show) used chiefly as a participlea juried show

Definition of jury (Entry 3 of 3)

: improvised for temporary use especially in an emergency : makeshift a jury mast a jury rig

Examples of jury in a Sentence

Noun The jury failed to reach a verdict. She was selected to serve on a jury.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The same day, a jury found Trump’s longtime adviser Roger Stone guilty of lying to Congress and witness tampering over the Russian interference that helped elect Trump in 2016. BostonGlobe.com, "But his shortcomings, like those of his Democratic rivals, are minuscule compared to the appalling qualities Trump displays daily. Democrats are playing not just by different rules, but an entirely different game.," 17 Nov. 2019 Earlier this month, a jury found Johnson guilty of drugging, raping and killing Heather Fraser, 15, and driving her remains to Astoria. oregonlive, "Man sentenced to life without parole for 1998 murder of Tigard girl," 14 Nov. 2019 Senators would sit as a jury, listening to the case from House managers and the White House defense, with Chief Justice John Roberts presiding. Fortune, "How to Watch the Public Impeachment Hearings Live Online Without Cable," 13 Nov. 2019 In October, a jury found Sara Peters, 34, guilty of delivery of a narcotic to Deadra D. Block, of Harvard, on Dec. 28, 2017. Amanda Marrazzo, chicagotribune.com, "Wonder Lake woman gets probation and jail time for providing fatal dose of drugs in death of Harvard woman," 12 Nov. 2019 Reuters/Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports A US court’s recent order leaving the jury out on H-4 visa holders’ work permit is at best a temporary relief and should not be seen as a permanent solution. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Spouses of H-1B workers can’t let their guard down just yet," 12 Nov. 2019 In March, a jury found former East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld not guilty of all charges in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Rose in June 2018. Laura Ly, CNN, "The wrongful death lawsuit filed by Antwon Rose's family has been dismissed," 29 Oct. 2019 The high court’s decision is based on a 2014 Boulder County case in which a jury found Frederick Allman, 67, guilty of various theft and forgery crimes. David Migoya, The Denver Post, "Hundreds of prisoners can seek new trials, freedom after Colorado Supreme Court rules sentences illegal," 23 Oct. 2019 The settlements with two Ohio counties put off the federal jury trial for the companies but fall short of a more comprehensive deal currently being negotiated to resolve thousands of opioid lawsuits nationwide. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Pharmalittle: Four drug companies settle Ohio opioid suit; J&J recalls baby powder due to asbestos," 21 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb All submissions are reviewed by a jurying committee and acceptance notices are sent out. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 10 July 2018 All submissions are reviewed by a jurying committee and acceptance notices are sent out. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 10 July 2018 All submissions are reviewed by a jurying committee and acceptance notices are sent out. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 10 July 2018 All submissions are reviewed by a jurying committee and acceptance notices are sent out. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 10 July 2018 All submissions are reviewed by a jurying committee and acceptance notices are sent out. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 10 July 2018 All submissions are reviewed by a jurying committee and acceptance notices are sent out. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 10 July 2018 All submissions are reviewed by a jurying committee and acceptance notices are sent out. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 10 July 2018 All submissions are reviewed by a jurying committee and acceptance notices are sent out. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of jury

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1947, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jury

Noun and Verb

Middle English jure, from Anglo-French juree, from jurer to swear, from Latin jurare, from jur-, jus

Adjective

Middle English jory (in jory saile improvised sail)

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Cite this Entry

“Jury.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/juries. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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jury

noun
How to pronounce jury (audio)

English Language Learners 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

jury

noun
ju·​ry | \ ˈju̇r-ē How to pronounce jury (audio) \
plural juries

Kids Definition of jury

1 : a group of citizens chosen to hear and decide the facts of a case in a court of law
2 : a committee that judges and awards prizes (as at an exhibition)

jury

noun
ju·​ry | \ ˈju̇r-ē How to pronounce jury (audio) \
plural juries

Legal Definition of jury

: a body of individuals sworn to give a decision on some matter submitted to them especially : a body of individuals selected and sworn to inquire into a question of fact and to give their verdict according to the evidence occasionally used with a pl. verb the jury are always to decide whether the inference shall be drawn — Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. — see also advisory jury, array, grand jury, inquest, jury nullification, petit jury, special jury, trial jury, venire

Note: The jury of American and English law most likely originated in early Anglo-Norman property proceedings, where a body of 12 knights or freemen who were from the area, and usually familiar with the parties, would take an oath and answer questions put to them by a judge in order to determine property rights. Jury verdicts began to be used in felony cases in the early 1200s as the use of the trial by ordeal declined. The questions put to those early juries were usually questions of fact or mixed questions of fact and law. Modern juries may deal with questions of law in addition to questions of fact when rendering general verdicts, or in specific cases under state law. Federal juries are usually limited to dealing with questions of fact. The modern jury can vary in size depending on the proceeding but is usually made up of 6 or 12 members. According to federal law, federal grand and petit juries must be “selected at random from a fair cross-section of the community in the district or division wherein the court convenes.” State jury selection varies and occasionally differs from federal, but the states still must meet constitutional requirements for due process. The U.S. Supreme Court has stated in a series of decisions that a jury is to be composed of “peers and equals,” and that systematic exclusion of a particular class (as on the basis of gender, race, or ancestry) from a jury violates the equal protection clause and the defendant's right to a jury trial. A defendant is not, however, entitled to a jury of any particular composition.

History and Etymology for jury

Anglo-French juree, from feminine past participle of Old French jurer to swear, from Latin jurare, from jur-, jus law

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