Main definitions of Miranda in English

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Miranda1

proper noun

Astronomy
  • A satellite of Uranus, the eleventh closest to the planet, having a complex terrain of cratered areas and tracts of grooves and ridges, discovered in 1948 (diameter 480 km).

Origin

Named after the daughter of Prospero in Shakespeare's The Tempest.

Pronunciation:

Miranda

/mɪˈrandə/

Main definitions of Miranda in English

: Miranda1Miranda2

Miranda2

adjective

Us Law
  • Denoting or relating to the duty of the police to inform a person taken into custody of their right to legal counsel and the right to remain silent under questioning.

    ‘the patrolman read Lee his Miranda rights’
    • ‘Thus, before a military tribunal, a known terrorist could not walk because of a legal technicality, such as the arresting officer's failure to give him a Miranda warning.’
    • ‘If the police officer possessed enough evidence to place the suspect under arrest, the suspect would be given a Miranda warning that he or she had the right to remain silent.’
    • ‘Once one accepts this piece of judicial overreaching, it follows that physical evidence obtained in the absence of a Miranda warning is inadmissible.’
    • ‘You know, that they can think about these, you know, what had happened and these people might possibly go free, because of a Miranda reading.’
    • ‘One of the ways in which the Court has developed the flexibility of Miranda in the years that followed the decision was to provide that the ‘fruits’ of a Miranda violation would not be excluded.’

Origin

1960s: from Miranda versus Arizona, the case that led to this ruling by the Supreme Court.

Pronunciation:

Miranda

/mɪˈrandə/