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oyer and terminer

[tur-muh-ner] /ˈtɜr mə nər/
noun, Law.
1.
(in some U.S. states) any of various higher criminal courts.
2.
British.
  1. a commission or writ directing the holding of a court to try offenses.
  2. the court itself.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Anglo-French: literally, to hear and determine
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British Dictionary definitions for oyer and terminer

oyer and terminer

/ˈtɜːmɪnə/
noun
1.
(English law) (formerly) a commission issued to judges to try cases on assize. It became obsolete with the abolition of assizes and the setting up of crown courts in 1972
2.
the court in which such a hearing was held
3.
(in the US) a court exercising higher criminal jurisdiction
Word Origin
C15: from Anglo-Norman, from oyer to hear + terminer to judge
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