noun oy·er \ˈȯiər\

Definition of oyer



  1. 1 :  a criminal trial held under a commission of oyer and terminer

  2. 2a :  the hearing of a document read in court; specifically :  the hearing of a deed or other instrument read in court by petition of a party to a suit b :  a copy of the instrument given rather than read to the petitioning party

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Origin and Etymology of oyer

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Old French oir to hear, from Latin audire — more at audible

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a brief usually trivial fact

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