Definition of tribunal in English:

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Pronunciation: /trʌɪˈbjuːn(ə)l/
Pronunciation: /trɪˈbjuːn(ə)l/


1British A body established to settle certain types of dispute: an industrial tribunal ruled that he was unfairly dismissed
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  • In the event of a dispute, an employment tribunal will rule on what is reasonable.
  • We see the employment and disputes tribunals, which adopt their own rules of evidence.
  • The industrial tribunal decided that Lambeth council had breached the Race Relations Act.
arbitration board/panel, board, panel, committee;
industrial tribunal
2A court of justice: an international war crimes tribunal
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  • It is encouraging that various instruments, including war crimes tribunals and the International Court of Justice, have been put in place to address and redress past wrongs.
  • In practice there seems no good reason why the present approach of handling environment-related cases within the existing system of international courts and tribunals should not continue to work.
  • Some commentators have also expressed scepticism about the international courts, tribunals and committees which pronounce upon human rights.
court, court of justice, court of law, law court, bar;
court of enquiry;
North American  forum
2.1A seat or bench for a judge or judges.


Late Middle English (denoting a seat for judges): from Old French, or from Latin tribunal 'raised platform provided for magistrate's seats', from tribunus (see tribune1). sense 1 dates from the early 20th century.

Words that rhyme with tribunal

lagoonal, monsoonal

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