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

  • n. Law A seat or court of justice.
  • n. Law The bench on which a judge or other presiding officer sits in court.
  • n. A committee or board appointed to adjudicate in a particular matter.
  • n. Something that has the power to determine or judge: the tribunal of public opinion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An assembly including one or more judges to conduct judicial business; a court of law.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The seat of a judge; the bench on which a judge and his associates sit for administering justice.
  • n. Hence, a court or forum.
  • n. In villages of the Philippine Islands, a kind of townhall. At the tribunal the head men of the village met to transact business, prisoners were confined, and troops and travelers were often quartered.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. [Sp. pron. trē-bö-näl′ .] In villages in the Philippines, a kind of town-hall or common house, used as a meeting-place by the bead men of the village, for the entertainment of travelers, and for other purposes of general interest.
  • n. The seat of a magistrate or judge; the bench on which a judge and his associates sit to administer justice.
  • n. Hence A court of justice.
  • n. Eccles., the confessional.

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

  • n. an assembly (including one or more judges) to conduct judicial business


Middle English, from Old French, from Latin tribūnal, judge's platform, from tribūnus, tribune; see tribune1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French tribunal, from Latin tribūnal ("tribunal") (Wiktionary)



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