Definition of tribunal in English:


Syllabification: tri·bu·nal
Pronunciation: /trīˈbyo͞onl, trə-


  • 1A 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.
    arbitration board/panel, board, panel, committee, jury, forum; court, court of justice, court of law
  • 1.1A 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 magistrates’ seats', from tribunus (see tribune1).

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