from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A certification on an affidavit declaring when, where, and before whom it was sworn.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The written statement by a notary public that he or she has administered and witnessed an oath or affirmation.
- n. The written statement of a person that he or she has declared an oath or affirmation.
- n. A municipal official in the Cinque Ports or in certain French towns.
- n. A life magistrate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A person under oath; specifically, an officer of the nature of an alderman, in certain municipal corporations in England.
- n. The memorandum or certificate at the end of an asffidavit, or a bill or answer in chancery, showing when, before whom, and (in English practice), where, it was sworn or affirmed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sworn officer; a magistrate; a member of a permanent jury.
- n. In law, the official memorandum subscribed at the end of an affidavit, showing the time when and the person before whom it was sworn.
Middle English, informant under oath, member of a ruling body of a city, from Anglo-Norman, member of a ruling body of a city, from Medieval Latin iūrātus, juror, from past participle of Latin iūrāre, to swear; see jury1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French, from Latin iurāre, present active infinitive of iūrō ("swear or take an oath"). (Wiktionary)