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impanel Syllabification: im·pan·el
Pronunciation: /imˈpanl/
(also empanel)

Definition of impanel in English:

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
  • As I sat there for five very long, quiet hours wondering whether I'd be impaneled, I had plenty of time to decide what I was going to write about.
  • 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.



(also empanelment) noun
Example sentences
  • He argued that the judge's decision to close the courtroom during jury impanelment proceedings constituted a violation of Cohen's right to an open trial.
  • 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.
  • He argues that there is simply no way he can be ready for jury empanelment in four months.


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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