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 In 2016, a tribunal in The Hague ruled in favor of the Philippines in a maritime dispute, concluding China has no legal basis to claim historic rights to the bulk of the South China Sea. James Griffiths, CNN, "China can shut off the Philippines' power grid at any time, leaked report warns," 25 Nov. 2019 There are innocents in its battlegrounds; mistakes can get made and the game will not [always] fail you and restart the level...but there are no dress-downs, no tribunals, only achievements to miss out on for a less-than-perfect run. Nick Capozzoli, Ars Technica, "How Modern Warfare smooths over the horrors of war," 22 Nov. 2019 The tribunal may rule on Mr Vizcarra’s actions, but is likely to take at least three months. The Economist, "Peru’s president opens Pandora’s box," 10 Oct. 2019 Marshall’s appeal of the tax tribunal decision was reported by Alabama Daily News. Mike Cason |, al, "Attorney General Steve Marshall files appeal seeking $76 million from Greenetrack," 2 Oct. 2019 The Organization of American States called on the tribunal Tuesday to weigh in on the dispute. San Diego Union-Tribune, "AP Explains: Peru’s chaotic power struggle in a nutshell," 1 Oct. 2019 Boyd declined to comment on the tribunal’s decision. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, "How much did his government pay for Disney’s ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’? One man’s search for answers ends," 29 Aug. 2019 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

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

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3 Dec 2019

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“Tribunal.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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