2 [joor-ee]
adjective Nautical.
makeshift or temporary, as for an emergency: a jury mast.

1610–20; compare jury mast (early 17th century), of obscure origin; perhaps 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

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jury1 (ˈdʒʊərɪ)
n , pl -ries
1.  grand jury See also petit jury 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
3.  informal the jury is still out it has not yet been decided or agreed on
[C14: from Old French juree, from jurer to swear; see juror]

jury2 (ˈdʒʊərɪ)
chiefly (in combination) nautical makeshift: jury-rigged
[C17: of unknown origin]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c. (attested from late 12c. in Anglo-L.), from Anglo-Fr. juree (late 13c.), from M.L. jurata "an oath, an inquest," fem. pp. of L. jurare "to swear," from jus (gen. juris) "law" (see jurist). Grand jury attested from early 15c. in Anglo-Fr. (le graund Jurre). Meaning
"body of persons chosen to award prizes at an exhibition" is from 1851.

"temporary," 1616, in jury-mast, a nautical term for a temporary mast put in place of one broken or blown away. The word is probably ult. from O.Fr. ajurie "help, relief," from L. adjutare (see aid).
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