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Pronunciation: /ˈdʒʊəri
 
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noun (plural juries)

1A body of people (typically twelve in number) sworn to give a verdict in a legal case on the basis of evidence submitted to them in court: the jury returned unanimous guilty verdicts
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  • Yesterday at Salisbury Crown Court the jury returned a majority verdict of guilty.
  • The coroner accordingly left that verdict to the jury, and the jury returned a unanimous verdict of unlawful killing.
  • After deliberating for just over two and a half hours the jury returned a unanimous verdict of guilty of manslaughter.
1.1A body of people selected to judge a competition.
Example sentences
  • Every three years, a jury selects a person considered to be the most promising director in Ontario.
  • The jury has selected the film under the non-feature film category, say the producers.
  • The jury selected by the organisers may include members from within their ranks.

verb (juries, jurying, juried)

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Judge (an art or craft exhibition or exhibit): the exhibition was juried by a nationally acclaimed artist (as adjective juried) he had a painting in the juried exhibition
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  • At the Kings Mountain Art Fair, view juried arts and crafts in a redwood forest above Woodside.
  • This was the first juried exhibition I entered, and my entry, a sculptural painting, was awarded ‘Best of Show.’
  • His platinum work has been displayed in numerous solo exhibitions and juried exhibitions.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French juree 'oath, inquiry', from Latin jurata, feminine past participle of jurare 'swear' (see juror).

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  • This comes from the Latin word jurare ‘to swear’. Early juries had to swear that they would give true answers to questions asked of them which related to their personal knowledge of an event they had witnessed or experienced. If you did not do this you committed perjury (Late Middle English) from the Latin for ‘false oath’.

Phrases

the jury is out

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A decision has not yet been reached on a controversial subject: the jury is still out on whether self-regulation by doctors is adequate
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  • However, the jury is out on whether (the digital strategy) will work.
  • Danon's own admission that the jury is out on his mobile and wireless telephony target does little to convince the sceptics that he or the company can make in-roads into a sector it only recently abandoned.
  • Therefore the jury is out on what I will do about it.

Words that rhyme with jury

curie, de jure, fioriture, fury, houri, Jewry, Manipuri, Missouri, moory, Newry, tandoori, Urey

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jury2

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Pronunciation: /ˈdʒʊəri
 
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adjective

Nautical
(Of a mast or other fitting) improvised or temporary: we need to get that jury rudder fixed
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  • Having succeeded in rigging jury masts and putting the vessel to rights, sail was made.
  • They set up a jury rig, and sailed to Barbados, taking six weeks.

Origin

early 19th century: independent usage of the first element of early 17th-century jury-mast 'temporary mast', of uncertain origin (compare with jury-rigged).

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  • This comes from the Latin word jurare ‘to swear’. Early juries had to swear that they would give true answers to questions asked of them which related to their personal knowledge of an event they had witnessed or experienced. If you did not do this you committed perjury (Late Middle English) from the Latin for ‘false oath’.

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