talesman

talesman

[teylz-muhn, tey-leez-muhn]
noun, plural talesmen.
a person summoned as one of the tales.

Origin:
1670–80; tales + man1

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tales (ˈteɪliːz)
 
n
1.  (functioning as plural) a group of persons summoned from among those present in court or from bystanders to fill vacancies on a jury panel
2.  (functioning as singular) the writ summoning such jurors
 
[C15: from Medieval Latin phrase tālēs dē circumstantibus such men from among the bystanders, from Latin tālis such]
 
'talesman
 
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talesman
"reserve member of a jury," 1670s, from tales "writ ordering bystanders to serve" (late 15c.), via Anglo-Fr. (mid-13c.), from L. tales (in tales de circumstantibus "such persons from those standing about," a clause featured in such a writ), noun use of pl. of talis "such."
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