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[trahy-byoon-l, tri-] /traɪˈbyun l, trɪ-/
a court of justice.
a place or seat of judgment.
Also called tribune. a raised platform for the seats of magistrates, as in an ancient Roman basilica.
Origin of tribunal
1520-30; < Latin tribūnal, tribūnāle judgment seat, equivalent to tribūn(us) tribune1 + -āl(e) -al2 Unabridged
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  • More proof, as if you needed it, that the military tribunal system can't work.
  • Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion.
  • We are afraid the tribunal may on technical ground in the face of defence lawyers exonerate the alleged perpetrators.
  • Any genuinely independent tribunal would have put the leaders of all sides on trial.
  • The bloated coalition's first task was to set up a special tribunal to charge those responsible for the election violence.
  • Senior officers in his intelligence services are likely to figure on the charge sheet if the tribunal ever sees the light of day.
  • It falls to him to convene a tribunal and examine the suspects.
  • Summoned before a tribunal, he was asked how many automobiles he had on a date some weeks earlier.
  • The consequence is that in practice the decisions of the tribunal are altogether arbitrary.
  • He appeared before an honor tribunal only thirteen days later, and in his opening statement confessed to all charges against him.
British Dictionary definitions for tribunal


/traɪˈbjuːnəl; trɪ-/
a court of justice or any place where justice is administered
(in Britain) a special court, convened by the government to inquire into a specific matter
a raised platform containing the seat of a judge or magistrate, originally that in a Roman basilica
Word Origin
C16: from Latin tribūnustribune1
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Word Origin and History for tribunal

mid-15c., from Old French tribunal (13c.), from Latin tribunal "platform for the seat of magistrates, elevation, embankment," from tribunus "official in ancient Rome, magistrate," literally "head of a tribe," from tribus (see tribe). Hence, a court of justice or judicial assembly (1580s).

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