Definition of voir dire in English:

voir dire

Syllabification: voir dire
Pronunciation: /ˈvwär ˈdi(ə)r


A preliminary examination of a witness or a juror by a judge or counsel.
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  • Their solicitor confirmed this in his testimony in the voire dire proceedings.
  • He displayed some feistiness when testifying in the voir dire.
  • The Court's attitude seems to have been that defense counsel should've done a better job questioning the jurors during voire dire.


Law French, from Old French voir 'true' + dire 'say'.

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