petit jury

noun

pet·​it jury ˈpe-tē- How to pronounce petit jury (audio)
: a jury of 12 persons impaneled to try and to decide finally upon the facts at issue in causes for trial in a court

Examples of petit jury in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Farris spoke with Variety to share her process behind selecting television’s favorite petit jury. Sophia Scorziello, Variety, 4 May 2023 Grand juries decide if there's enough evidence to charge someone with a crime, while a petit jury decides a verdict at the end of a trial by determining if a person should be convicted of a crime. Tessa Duvall, The Courier-Journal, 23 Sep. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of petit jury was in the 15th century

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“Petit jury.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/petit%20jury. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

petit jury

noun
pet·​it jury ˈpet-ē- How to pronounce petit jury (audio)
: a jury of 12 persons for a trial in court

Legal Definition

petit jury

noun
: a jury of twelve persons that is impaneled to try and to decide the facts at issue in a trial compare grand jury

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