One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1historical A person who has taken an oath or who performs a duty on oath, e.g. a juror.
- ‘One of John's sons, Thomas de Couteshale, was prominent in the next generation, as jurat for most of 1369-96 and three times mayor, but otherwise the family slipped into obscurity.’
- ‘On one occasion it was declared impossible to proceed with co-option of a jurat replacement because the community had not been forewarned to attend that particular meeting.’
- ‘The reformers proposed to amend mayoral elections so that the assembly would nominate two jurats, from whom mayor and jurats would select one for the following year's mayor.’
- ‘Creation of a Common Council in Lynn doubtless is largely responsible for raising the average age of jurats, by setting an additional rung in the ladder.’
- ‘Pilton and Adams were again elected jurats in 1456, and offered no resistance on this occasion.’
- 1.1 (in the Channel Islands) a magistrate or other public official.
judge, magistrate, her honour, his honour, your honourView synonyms
- ‘As the office of Jurat is unpaid, they could not have held it unless they had attained some degree of wealth.’
- ‘The Magistrate's Court is presided over by a Magistrate or a Jurat as an Assistant Magistrate.’
2A statement on an affidavit of when, where, and before whom it was sworn.
- ‘The jurat to this affidavit was not properly completed.’
- ‘In this case, an information failed to include in the jurat the date of swearing, and the place of swearing was changed without being initialed.’
- ‘After the trial judge had disposed of the motion on November 29, 2001 relating to the date on the jurat, the defendant entered a plea of not guilty to both counts.’
Late Middle English: based on Latin juratus ‘sworn’, past participle of Latin jurare.
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