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  1. a committee appointed to judge a competition Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a body of citizens sworn to give a true verdict according to the evidence presented in a court of law Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. A body of men, usually twelve, selected according to law, impaneled and sworn to inquire into and try any matter of fact, and to render their true verdict according to the evidence legally adduced. See Grand jury under Grand, and Inquest. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. A committee for determining relative merit or awarding prizes at an exhibition or competition; as, the art jury gave him the first prize. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Criminal Law Traffic TicketshomeGLOSSARY jury A group of people selected to apply the law, as stated by the judge, to the facts of a case and render a decision, called the verdict. Traditionally, an American jury was made up of 12 people who had to arrive at a unanimous decision. But today, in many states, juries in civil cases may be composed of as few as six members and non-unanimous verdicts may be permitted. (Most states still require 12-person, unanimous verdicts for criminal trials.) Tracing its history back over 1,000 years, the jury system was brought to England by William the Conqueror in 1066. The philosophy behind the jury system is that--especially in a criminal case--an accused's guilt or innocence should be judged by a group of people from her community ("a jury of her peers"). Recently, some courts have been experimenting with increasing the traditionally rather passive role of the jury by encouraging jurors to take notes and ask questions.
  6. For temporary use; - applied to a temporary contrivance. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. A body of men, usually twelve, selected according to law, and sworn to inquire into, or decide on, the evidence in a case of law before them; a committee of experts selected to award prizes, to adjudge the value of land, etc. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. A body of not less than twelve men, selected and sworn, as prescribed by law, to declare the truth on evidence before them: a committee for deciding prizes at a public exhibition, though in this sense confined to England chiefly-in U.S., such a committee receives the more dignified and scriptural title of judges. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. Body of men selected and sworn to declare the truth on evidence. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. A body of men sworn to give a true verdict upon the evidence in a trial; any committee of award. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. In temporary substitution. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. A number of men selected and sworn, as prescribed by law, to inquire into and try any matter of fact; a body of judges selected to decide prizes at a public exhibition. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. In a court of law, a certain number of men selected and sworn to declare the truth on the evidence placed before them. Note.-A grand jury consists of not more than 23, a petty or special jury of 12; in Scot., generally of 15. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  14. For temporary use; -- applied to a temporary contrivance. mso.anu.edu.au
  15. j[=oo]'ri, n. a body of not less than twelve men, selected and sworn, as prescribed by law, to declare the truth on evidence before them: a committee for deciding prizes at a public exhibition.--ns. JU'ROR, one who serves on a jury--also JU'RYMAN; JU'RY-BOX, the place in which the jury sit during a trial.--JURY OF MATRONS, a jury of 'discreet' women impanelled to try a question of pregnancy, as where a widow alleges herself to be with child by her late husband, or a woman sentenced to death, to stay execution, pleads that she is with child. [Fr. juré, sworn--jurer--L. jur[=a]re, to swear.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  16. Body of men sworn to render verdict on question submitted to them in court of justice; grand j. (of from 12 to 23 men appointed to inquire into indictments before they are submitted to trial j.); trial, common, petty, j. (of 12 men, who try final issue of fact in civil or criminal cases& pronounce unanimous verdict); special j. (of persons of certain station in society); CORONER\'s j.; body of persons selected to award prizes in competition; j.-box, enclosure for j. in court; juryman, member of j. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  17. j. of matrons, j. of discreet women impanelled to inquire into case of alleged pregnancy. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  18. n. A body or men selected and sworn to inquire into and try any matter of fact, and to declare the truth on the evidence given then in the case ; - a committee for adjudging prizes at a public exhibition. Cabinet Dictionary
  19. Jury, a company of men, as twenty-four or twelve, sworn to deliver a truth upon such evidence as shall be delivered them touching the matter in question. Complete Dictionary

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