from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A court of general criminal jurisdiction in some states of the United States.
- noun A commission empowering a judge in Great Britain to hear and rule on a criminal case at the assizes.
- noun The court in Great Britain where such a hearing is held.
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- noun law, archaic A
commissionunder which a courtis empoweredto hearand determinea criminal case.
- noun law, archaic The
hearingor trialcarried out under such authority.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[Middle English, partial translation of Anglo-Norman oyer et terminer, to hear and determine : oyer, to hear + terminer, to determine.]
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