oyer and terminer

noun oy·er and ter·mi·ner \ ˌȯi-ər-ən(d)-ˈtər-mə-nər \

Definition of oyer and terminer

1 : a commission authorizing a British judge to hear and determine a criminal case at the assizes
2 : a high criminal court in some U.S. states

Origin and Etymology of oyer and terminer

Middle English, partial translation of Anglo-French oyer et terminer, literally, to hear and determine


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