Definition of oyer and terminer in English:

oyer and terminer

Line breaks: oyer and ter|mi¦ner
Pronunciation: /ˌɔɪə(r) ən(d) ˈtəːmɪnə
 
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noun

historical
  • A commission issued to judges on a circuit to hold courts: a court of oyer and terminer
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    • Following the outbreak of witchcraft accusations in Salem, Phips appointed Stoughton chief justice of the newly formed court of oyer and terminer.
    • At first in the General Eyre and later under the commissions of oyer and terminer and gaol delivery, they would hear criminal cases.

Origin

late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French oyer et terminer 'hear and determine'.

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