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[em-pan-l] /ɛmˈpæn l/
verb (used with object), empaneled, empaneling or (especially British) empanelled, empanelling.
Related forms
unempaneled, adjective
unempanelled, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for empanel
  • Moving a trial before even attempting to empanel an impartial jury is virtually without precedent in this state.
  • The court then stated that it would empanel eight jurors and permitted each party three peremptory challenges.
  • At the beginning of each term, the presiding judge shall empanel two grand juries, a regular jury and a concurrent jury.
  • And you turn around and say that's malpractice and empanel a jury.
  • We will excuse you now and empanel our second group.
British Dictionary definitions for empanel


verb (transitive) (law) -els, -elling, -elled (US) -els, -eling, -eled
to enter on a list (names of persons to be summoned for jury service)
to select (a jury) from the names on such a list
Derived Forms
empanelment, impanelment, noun
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Word Origin and History for empanel

late 15c., from Anglo-French empaneller, Old French empaneller; see en- (1) + panel (n.).

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