tales·​man | \ ˈtālz-mən How to pronounce talesman (audio) , ˈtā-lēz- How to pronounce talesman (audio) \

Definition of talesman

1 : a person added to a jury usually from among bystanders to make up a deficiency in the available number of jurors
2 : a member of a large pool of persons called for jury duty from which jurors are selected

First Known Use of talesman

1679, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for talesman

Middle English tales talesmen, from Medieval Latin tales de circumstantibus such (persons) of the bystanders; from the wording of the writ summoning them

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The first known use of talesman was in 1679

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“Talesman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/talesman. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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tales·​man | \ ˈtālz-mən, ˈtā-lēz- How to pronounce talesman (audio) \
plural talesmen\ -​mən \

Legal Definition of talesman

: a person summoned as one of the tales added to a jury

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