There are 2 definitions of jury in English:


Syllabification: ju·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈjo͝orē

noun (plural juries)

1A body of people (typically twelve in number) sworn to give a verdict in a legal case on the basis of evidence submitted to them in court: the jury returned unanimous guilty verdicts
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  • Yesterday at Salisbury Crown Court the jury returned a majority verdict of guilty.
  • The coroner accordingly left that verdict to the jury, and the jury returned a unanimous verdict of unlawful killing.
  • After deliberating for just over two and a half hours the jury returned a unanimous verdict of guilty of manslaughter.
1.1A body of people selected to judge a competition.
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  • Every three years, a jury selects a person considered to be the most promising director in Ontario.
  • The jury has selected the film under the non-feature film category, say the producers.
  • The jury selected by the organisers may include members from within their ranks.

verb (juries, juried)

[with object] (usually be juried) North American Back to top  
Judge (an art or craft exhibition or exhibit): the exhibition was juried by a tapestry artist (as adjective juried) the juried show
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  • At the Kings Mountain Art Fair, view juried arts and crafts in a redwood forest above Woodside.
  • This was the first juried exhibition I entered, and my entry, a sculptural painting, was awarded ‘Best of Show.’
  • His platinum work has been displayed in numerous solo exhibitions and juried exhibitions.


late Middle English: from Old French juree 'oath, inquiry', from Latin jurata, feminine past participle of jurare 'swear' (see juror).


the jury is still out

A decision has not yet been reached on a controversial subject: the jury is still out on whether self-regulation by doctors is adequate
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  • However, the jury is out on whether (the digital strategy) will work.
  • Danon's own admission that the jury is out on his mobile and wireless telephony target does little to convince the sceptics that he or the company can make in-roads into a sector it only recently abandoned.
  • Therefore the jury is out on what I will do about it.

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There are 2 definitions of jury in English:


Syllabification: ju·ry
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[attributive] Nautical
(Of a mast or other fitting) improvised or temporary: we need to get that jury rudder fixed
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  • Having succeeded in rigging jury masts and putting the vessel to rights, sail was made.
  • They set up a jury rig, and sailed to Barbados, taking six weeks.


early 19th century: independent usage of the first element of early 17th-century jury-mast 'temporary mast', of uncertain origin (compare with jury-rigged).

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