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 Garland’s teammate, Collin Sexton, was maligned for the same reasons during his first year and while the jury is still out on Sexton’s ceiling as a pro, there are plenty of encouraging signs, with the narrative starting to shift. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Darius Garland was the NBA’s worst player. Should he get a pass for horrible rookie season?," 19 June 2020 But, in the Zong appeal, Mansfield ruled that the jury had been right to discount the humanity of the slaves. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "The insurance case that helped end the slave trade," 19 June 2020 The recommendation also applies to anyone called for jury duty or who’s scheduled to appear in traffic, civil, probate and family court, the court said in a statement posted Monday afternoon. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: March 9," 19 June 2020 Flynt once said there are so few jobs in Magoffin that its biggest industry is jury duty. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "A Kentucky county in 2004 voted 94% to outlaw same-sex marriage. Few attitudes have changed," 19 June 2020 The jury is still out on that, but rumors about Bravo giving Leakes the dreaded pink slip are absolutely false. Taiia Smart Young, Essence, "Bravo Denies Nene Leakes Was Fired From ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’," 18 June 2020 Convincing a jury to convict a police officer has been a historically difficult task, even with substantial evidence. Ben Terris, Washington Post, "Americans want justice for George Floyd. Keith Ellison is in charge of getting it.," 18 June 2020 Earlier this year, the jury hearing Schulte's criminal trial was unable to reach a verdict on the most serious charges, The Washington Post reported. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Multiple “CIA failures” led to theft of agency’s top-secret hacking tools," 16 June 2020 Alaska Court System staff is working on ways to resume jury trials safely, Bolger said. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, "Jury trials in Alaska postponed until Sept. 1 due to continued COVID-19 concerns," 16 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb All jury trials will be rescheduled, as will jury selection on April 3. Joe Guillen, Detroit Free Press, "Courts across Michigan postpone trials to reduce coronavirus risk," 14 Mar. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Goodson and another officer facing trial then opted for non-jury trials before Williams, who heard evidence and acquitted them of all charges. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Why is it hard to convict police officers of homicide? One reason is authority, juror says," 22 June 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jury. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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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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