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 During the unrest, protesters torched the headquarters of local electoral tribunal offices and set up roadblocks that paralyzed parts of Bolivia. Author: Paola Flores And Carlos Valdez, Anchorage Daily News, "Bolivia’s president resigns amid election-fraud allegations," 11 Nov. 2019 In my Airbnb, over takeout sushi, Irena read over the tribunal’s judgment. Anna Louie Sussman, The New Yorker, "When the Government Seizes Your Embryos," 22 Oct. 2019 Congress tried to rush through partisan appointments to the constitutional tribunal. The Economist, "Peru’s political crisis has taken a farcical turn," 2 Oct. 2019 An undisclosed figure somewhere in the middle was what the rival clubs eventually settled on, before the case went to a tribunal., "Liverpool Set for Tribunal to Determine Harvey Elliott Compensation Fee," 27 Sep. 2019 The Philippines in the past has taken a strong line on China's behavior in the area, even taking China to the international tribunal. Helen Regan, CNN, "Duterte says Xi Jinping offered him an oil and gas deal to ignore South China Sea ruling," 12 Sep. 2019 If no appeal is filed, a district magistrate makes a referral to the tribunal to strip them of their citizenship. Washington Post, "India’s contentious citizen register attacked from all sides," 3 Sep. 2019 In week 3, USA’s tribunal — made up of Josh Martinez, Laurel Stucky and Zach Nichols — took advantage of the season’s twist and threw in their own teammate, Bergmann, to compete against U.K.’s Stephen Bear. Breanne L. Heldman,, "The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2: Laurel Stucky and Cara Maria Sorbello's Feud Is Heating Up," 17 Sep. 2019 The General Court rulings can be appealed once more to the EU’s highest tribunal, the EU Court of Justice. Stephanie Bodoni, Fortune, "It’s Apple v the EU as the World’s Largest Tax Case Opens This Week in Luxembourg," 16 Sep. 2019

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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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19 Nov 2019

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The first known use of tribunal was in the 15th century

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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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