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

  • n. A jury of 12 to 23 persons convened in private session to evaluate accusations against persons charged with crime and to determine whether the evidence warrants a bill of indictment.

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  • n. A group of citizens assembled by the government to hear evidence against an accused, and determine whether an indictment for a crime should be brought.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. a jury of not less than twelve men, and not more than twenty-three, whose duty it is, in private session, to examine into accusations against persons charged with crime, and if they see just cause, then to find bills of indictment against them, to be presented to the court; -- called also grand inquest.

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

  • n. a jury to inquire into accusations of crime and to evaluate the grounds for indictments

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