[trahy-byoon-l, tri-]
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.

1520–30; < Latin tribūnal, tribūnāle judgment seat, equivalent to tribūn(us) tribune1 + -āl(e) -al2 Unabridged
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tribunal (traɪˈbjuːnəl, trɪ-)
1.  a court of justice or any place where justice is administered
2.  (in Britain) a special court, convened by the government to inquire into a specific matter
3.  a raised platform containing the seat of a judge or magistrate, originally that in a Roman basilica
[C16: from Latin tribūnustribune1]

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Word Origin & History

1447, from O.Fr. tribunal (13c.), from L. tribunal "platform for the seat of magistrates, elevation, embankment," from tribunus "official in ancient Rome, magistrate," lit. "head of a tribe," from 'tribus (see tribe). Hence, a court of justice or judicial assembly (1590).
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Example sentences
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
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
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