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

1670–80; tales + man1

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"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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