Definitions

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

  • n. One who is summoned under a writ of tales.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The author or relater of a tale; storyteller; a speaker of tales (male).
  • n. Someone summoned to a jury when a tales is awarded, to make up numbers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A person called to make up a deficiency in the number of jurors when a tales is awarded.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The author or relater of a tale.
  • n. In law, a person summoned to act as a juror from among the bystanders in open court.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From tale's +‎ man.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From tales +‎ man.

Examples

  • But where the inspired tall talesman of simpler days went on and on, never quite certain and never much caring what the next load of breath might contain, at his best he imparted with a new demotic flair the sense of life living.

    2009 July 08 « One-Minute Book Reviews

  • But at the same time Mason feeling that this very honest, if all too convinced farmer, was a little too emphatic in his beliefs, saying: “With the consent of the Court, the People will excuse the talesman.”

    An American Tragedy

  • Even when impaneling the jury, I was amazed to find the prejudice against criminal lawyers in general and ourselves in particular; for almost every other talesman swore that he was so fixed in his opinion as to our guilt that it would be impossible to give us a fair trial.

    The Confessions of Artemas Quibble

  • One look at him as a prospective talesman in a murder case and you would have unhesitatingly murmured, "The defense challenges peremptorily!"

    By Advice of Counsel

  • Unexpectedly a disgruntled-looking talesman in the back row held up his hand.

    By Advice of Counsel

  • The whole thing was so thin as to deceive nobody, but Mr. Purdy, as each talesman took the witness-chair to be examined on the voir dire, solemnly asked each one:

    Courts and Criminals

  • Inasmuch as the defence needs only to secure the vote of one juryman to procure a disagreement, this offer is a comparatively safe one for the defendant to make, since the prosecutor, who must secure unanimity on the part of the jury (at least in New York State), can afford to take no chances of letting an incompetent or otherwise unfit talesman slip into the box.

    Courts and Criminals

  • The prosecutor, through his own or through hired sleuths, has examined into the family history, the business standing and methods, the financial responsibility, the political and social affiliations, and the personal habits and "past performances" of each and every talesman.

    Courts and Criminals

  • "No -- not at all," the talesman may blandly reply.

    Courts and Criminals

  • In his dreams he has formulated syllogisms and delivered them to imaginary yet obstinate talesman.

    Courts and Criminals

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    September 7, 2015

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  • That's for damn tootin'!

    September 6, 2015

  • If science cannot sell the pill

    Inspiring chronicles will.

    The craftiest salesman

    Is also a talesman,

    Like Mehmet Oz, the medical shill.

    September 6, 2015