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

  • n. A group of people summoned to fill vacancies on a jury that has become deficient in number.
  • n. The writ allowing for a summons of jurors.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Plural form of tale.
  • n. A person available to fill vacancies in a jury.
  • n. A book or register of people available to fill jury vacancies.
  • n. A writ to summon people to court to fill vacancies in a jury.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Persons added to a jury, commonly from those in or about the courthouse, to make up any deficiency in the number of jurors regularly summoned, being like, or such as, the latter.
  • The writ by which such persons are summoned.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In law, a list or supply of persons summoned upon the first panel, or happening to be present in court, from whom the sheriff or clerk makes selections to supply the place of jurors who have been impaneled but are not in attendance.


Middle English, from Medieval Latin tālēs dē circumstantibus, such (persons) from those standing about (a phrase used in the writ), from Latin, pl. of tālis, suchs.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
See tale (Wiktionary)
From Latin plural of talis ("such (persons)") (Wiktionary)


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