Definition of impanel in English:

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Pronunciation: /imˈpanl/
(also empanel)

verb (impanels, impaneling, impaneled ; British impanelling, impanelled)

[with object]
1Enlist or enroll (a jury).
Example sentences
  • He could have gone to the U.S. attorney and empaneled a grand jury.
  • The district attorney in neighboring Nassau County decided not to impanel a grand jury.
  • A federal grand jury was empaneled in 1996, and he subpoenaed witnesses to testify.
1.1Enroll (someone) onto a jury: several of her friends have been impaneled
More example sentences
  • TMZ obtained the juror questionnaires - filled out by all of the prospective jurors before they were empanelled on the jury to determine the fate of the man accused of murdering her family.
  • He allegedly empaneled his daughter as a juror in his courtroom and discussed her feelings about the case with her between the time when the verdict was reached and sentencing occurred.
  • After being indicted, he pulled together lists of prospective jurors in his case, then a list of the 14 people empaneled to hear his case.



(also empanelment) noun
Example sentences
  • As soon as criminal contempt charges or the empanelment of a new grand jury became real possibilities, she chose to do what she could have done before going to jail: reach out to get a verbal confirmation from him.
  • He argues that there is simply no way he can be ready for jury empanelment in four months.
  • On the second day of jury empanelment, the judge closed the courtroom while he questioned several prospective jurors who had arrest records, to see whether they could objectively serve on the panel.


Late Middle English (originally as empanel): from Anglo-Norman French empaneller, from em- 'in' + Old French panel 'panel'.

Words that rhyme with impanel

annal, channel, flannel, multichannel, panel

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Syllabification: im·pan·el

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