1 [joor-ee]
noun, plural juries..
a group of persons sworn to render a verdict or true answer on a question or questions officially submitted to them.
such 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. Compare grand jury, petty jury.
a group of persons chosen to adjudge prizes, awards, etc., as in a competition.
verb (used with object), juried, jurying.
to judge or evaluate by means of a jury: All entries will be juried by a panel of professionals.
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.

1250–1300; Middle English jurie, juree, < Old French juree oath, juridical inquiry, noun use of juree, feminine past participle of jurer to swear; cf. jurat

juryless, adjective

See collective noun.
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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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Example sentences
The heavily nuanced legal flap surrounded instructions a federal judge had
  given to the jury.
Jury selection in the trial is expected to continue all week.
Most of those notions proved false or impractical, and the jury is still out on
  the rest.
In an effort to avoid prison, defendants have increasingly demanded jury trials.
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