Definition of eyre in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɛː/


A circuit court held in medieval England by a judge (a justice in eyre) who rode from county to county: in 1221 six justices went on eyre (or circuit) in the western counties
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  • The sheriffs performed much the same duties as their English counterparts, while judicial eyres administered justice, at least for the English settlers.
  • The only sources perused systematically were the English eyre rolls, which gives, not surprisingly, a distinctly English flavor to his analysis.
  • Most of these cases are from the records of the Eyre Court of Oxfordshire in 1241.


Middle English: from Old French eire, from Latin iter 'journey'.

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