Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A circuit court held by itinerant royal justices in medieval England.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A journey in circuit of certain itinerant judges called justices in eyre (or in itinere).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A journey in circuit of certain judges called justices in eyre (or in itinere).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An obsolete variant of aery.
  • n. A journey or circuit.
  • n. A court of itinerant justices.
  • n. A Middle English spelling of air.
  • n. An obsolete form of heir.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a shallow salt lake in south central Australia about 35 feet below sea level; the largest lake in the country and the lowest point on the continent

Etymologies

Middle English, from Anglo-Norman eire, from Latin iter, journey; see ei- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French erre journey, march, way, from Latin iter, itineris, a going, way, from the root of ire to go. Compare errant, itinerant, issue. (Wiktionary)

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  • "He stared with manic vacancy at the soldier who announced his visitors. "Can't they see I'm busy? Don't they know the justices in eyre are coming?""
    Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin, p 144 of the Berkley paperback edition

    February 27, 2012