oyer and terminer

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

Definition of oyer and terminer

  1. 1 :  a commission authorizing a British judge to hear and determine a criminal case at the assizes

  2. 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


First Known Use: 15th century


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