tri·​bu·​nal | \ trī-ˈbyü-nᵊl How to pronounce tribunal (audio) , tri- \

Definition of tribunal

1 : a court or forum of justice
2 : something that decides or determines the tribunal of public opinion

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Examples of tribunal in a Sentence

An international tribunal was formed to deal with war crimes. was tried before a military tribunal and found not guilty of the charges
Recent Examples on the Web The Vatican tribunal hearing a landmark fraud case ruled Wednesday that prosecutors had deprived 10 defendants of their rights and ordered prosecutors to turn over key pieces of evidence and redo their investigation for some suspects. Nicole Winfield, ajc, 6 Oct. 2021 Twelve other defendants are due to appear in front of military tribunal in the Ouaga2000 conference center in Ouagadougou. Reuters, CNN, 11 Oct. 2021 The abrupt handling of the tribunal has drawn criticism from international lawyers. New York Times, 13 Aug. 2021 China is often called out as a violator, for ignoring a decision by a Law of the Sea tribunal that struck down its territorial claims in the South China Sea., 8 Aug. 2021 What if every mobile phone becomes the seat of a perpetual tribunal that decides our personal value—beyond any possibility of appeal? Bogdan Costea, Quartz, 5 July 2021 The mounting legal costs of a tribunal appear on the monthly board report. Anna Shields, Forbes, 28 May 2021 After having received no reply in 16 months, Sgro turned to Parolin who in turn wrote to the new president of the tribunal, Giuseppe Pignatone, asking for the court to move on the mother's request. Nicole Winfield, Star Tribune, 4 May 2021 No snuff film from John McCain’s secret military tribunal had emerged on Rumble. Matt Farwell, The New Republic, 30 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of tribunal

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for tribunal

Middle English, from Latin, platform for magistrates, from tribunus tribune

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13 Jan 2022

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“Tribunal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of tribunal

: a kind of court that has authority in a specific area


tri·​bu·​nal | \ trī-ˈbyü-nᵊl How to pronounce tribunal (audio) \

Kids Definition of tribunal

: a court of justice


tri·​bu·​nal | \ trī-ˈbyün-ᵊl, tri- How to pronounce tribunal (audio) \

Legal Definition of tribunal

1 : the seat of a judge or one acting as a judge
2 : a court or forum of justice : a person or body of persons having to hear and decide disputes so as to bind the parties

History and Etymology for tribunal

Latin, platform for magistrates, from tribunus tribune, from tribus tribe

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