ju·ry 1 (jrē)
n. pl. ju·ries
1. Law A body of persons selected to decide a verdict in a legal case, based upon the evidence presented, after being given instructions on the applicable law. Also called petit jury, trial jury.
2. A committee that judges contestants or applicants, as in a competition or exhibition; a panel of judges.
tr.v. ju·ried, ju·ry·ing, ju·ries
To judge or evaluate by a jury: jurying submitted samples for a crafts fair.
[Middle English jure, from Anglo-Norman juree, from feminine past participle of jurer, to swear, from Latin iūrāre, from iūs, iūr-, law; see yewes- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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