WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
ju•ry1 /ˈdʒʊri/USA pronunciation   n.[countable]pl.  -ries. 
  1. Lawa group of persons who are sworn to decide a case or give a verdict by examining the evidence in a court.
  2. a group of persons who are chosen to decide on who is to receive prizes, awards, etc., as in a competition.
See -jur-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
ju•ry1  ( jŏŏrē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -ries., v.,  -ried, -ry•ing. 
n. 
  1. Lawa group of persons sworn to render a verdict or true answer on a question or questions officially submitted to them.
  2. Lawsuch a group selected according to law and sworn to inquire into or determine the facts concerning a cause or an accusation submitted to them and to render a verdict to a court. Cf. grand jury, petty jury.
  3. a group of persons chosen to adjudge prizes, awards, etc., as in a competition.
  4. the jury is (still) out, a decision, determination, or opinion has yet to be rendered:The jury is still out on the President's performance.

v.t. 
  1. to judge or evaluate by means of a jury:All entries will be juried by a panel of professionals.
jury•less, adj. 
  • Old French juree oath, juridical inquiry, noun, nominal use of juree, feminine past participle of jurer to swear; compare jurat
  • Middle English jurie, juree, 1250–1300
    See  collective noun. 

ju•ry2  ( jŏŏrē),USA pronunciation adj. [Naut.]
  1. Nautical, Naval Termsmakeshift or temporary, as for an emergency:a jury mast.
  • 1610–20; compare jury mast (early 17th century), of obscure origin, originally; perh. to be identified with late Middle English i(u)were help, aid, aphetic form of Old French ajurie, derivative of aidier to aid, with -rie -ry

jury, +n. 
  • Idiomsthe jury is ( still) out, a decision, determination, or opinion has yet to be rendered:The jury is still out on the President's performance.


  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    jury /ˈdʒʊərɪ/ n ( pl -ries)
    1. a group of, usually twelve, people sworn to deliver a true verdict according to the evidence upon a case presented in a court of law
    2. a body of persons appointed to judge a competition and award prizes
    Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French juree, from jurer to swear; see juror
    jury /ˈdʒʊərɪ/ adj
    1. chiefly (in combination) makeshift: jury-rigged
    Etymology: 17th Century: of unknown origin



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    Collocations: has been called for jury service, the jury members, in front of the (grand) jury, more...

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