Main definitions of jury in English

: jury1jury2

jury1

noun

  • 1A body of people (typically twelve in number) sworn to give a verdict in a legal case on the basis of evidence submitted to them in court.

    ‘the jury returned unanimous guilty verdicts’
    • ‘On this basis, the jury were quite entitled to return a verdict of guilty on count 2.’
    • ‘After deliberating for just over two and a half hours the jury returned a unanimous verdict of guilty of manslaughter.’
    • ‘One can simply say the jury returned a verdict that there was a business of trafficking in drugs.’
    • ‘She was formally discharged by the court following the jury's unanimous verdict.’
    • ‘The court has not sought to doubt the factual basis upon which the jury reached its verdicts.’
    • ‘Put in simplest terms, the jury returned majority verdicts before the judge allowed them to do so.’
    • ‘One of the things that amazed me was after 60 plus days of hearing evidence, the jury returned the verdict in six hours.’
    • ‘For two days, he waited in the corridor and rooms of Teesside Crown Court while the jury considered its verdicts.’
    • ‘A Chelmsford Crown Court jury on Thursday returned a unanimous not guilty verdict.’
    • ‘The coroner accordingly left that verdict to the jury, and the jury returned a unanimous verdict of unlawful killing.’
    • ‘In May 1999 the Applicant was acquitted by the unanimous verdict of a jury at Wood Green Crown Court.’
    • ‘An inquest jury returned a verdict that he had been unlawfully killed.’
    • ‘The jury returned guilty verdicts on two counts of indecent assault and one of common assault.’
    • ‘Yesterday at Salisbury Crown Court the jury returned a majority verdict of guilty.’
    • ‘Any previous conviction or driving ban could then be revealed to the court after the jury returned a verdict.’
    • ‘After an hour and a half of deliberation, the jury returned the guilty verdict yesterday.’
    • ‘Is there any evidence upon which a jury properly instructed could return a verdict of guilty?’
    • ‘The judge accepted that submission and directed the jury to return a verdict of not guilty.’
    • ‘An inquest jury at Lincoln Crown Court recorded a verdict yesterday that the tragedy had been an accident.’
    • ‘Last week, at the subsequent inquest, the jury returned a verdict of unlawful killing.’
    1. 1.1 A body of people selected to judge a competition.
      • ‘These are books that juries have selected as finalists for the ultimate Pulitzer Prize.’
      • ‘From now on street musicians will be judged by a jury at an annual festival, and the melodically challenged will be banished.’
      • ‘Those of us who have played in juries or competitions open ourselves up to evaluation and, in fact, desire the insight these experiences provide.’
      • ‘The contest will be judged by a partial jury for entertainment value.’
      • ‘The jury has selected the film under the non-feature film category, say the producers.’
      • ‘Every three years, a jury selects a person considered to be the most promising director in Ontario.’
      • ‘At the end of the summer school a jury selects the most successful team.’
      • ‘Over 500 entries were screened by four juries consisting of three judges each, which speaks to the growing strength of the film and television industry in Alberta.’
      • ‘The jury selected by the organisers may include members from within their ranks.’
      • ‘Special prizes will be granted to winners selected by an expert jury in early December.’
      • ‘All juries will be selected online from new system developed by Yahoo.’
      • ‘The jury judges the promotional campaign on strategy, creativity, and effectiveness.’
      • ‘In addition to his work at the Museum of Modern Art, Barr served on the advisory boards of other museums and the juries of art competitions.’
      group, advisory group, team, body, committee, council, board, commission
      View synonyms

verb

[WITH OBJECT]North American
  • Judge (an art or craft exhibition or exhibit)

    ‘the exhibition was juried by a nationally acclaimed artist’
    ‘he had a painting in the juried exhibition’
    • ‘At the Kings Mountain Art Fair, view juried arts and crafts in a redwood forest above Woodside.’
    • ‘Applications are juried by a minimum of two music industry professionals.’
    • ‘These are juried awards, which means two or three jurors are given all of the books submitted by publishers within one category.’
    • ‘The event is a juried show with 150 artists who show original artwork ranging in media from jewelry to ceramics to watercolor.’
    • ‘You provide referrals to other juried businesses whose expertise is outside your realm of experience.’
    • ‘His platinum work has been displayed in numerous solo exhibitions and juried exhibitions.’
    • ‘This was the first juried exhibition I entered, and my entry, a sculptural painting, was awarded ‘Best of Show.’’
    • ‘Handcrafted items left on this day sometimes are juried by a craft selection committee who examine workmanship and salability.’
    • ‘And jurying a show for The Art League must be one of the most challenging tasks that a juror in our area faces.’
    • ‘She said a committee juried the artists into the show to assure excellence and she was very pleased with the quality.’

Phrases

  • the jury is out

    • A decision has not yet been reached on a controversial subject.

      ‘the jury is still out on whether self-regulation by doctors is adequate’
      • ‘However, the jury is out on whether (the digital strategy) will work.’
      • ‘I think the jury is out on that one, but it is certainly a striking sound and it does have a certain beauty.’
      • ‘I'd say the jury is out on whether we should fight it or not.’
      • ‘But from the comments made by shareholders talking in groups after the meeting and the market performance since, it is clear the jury is out on the new strategy.’
      • ‘I think the jury is out on that, but I do think Gail is right.’
      • ‘‘Shock therapy’ economics did not save Argentina, and the jury is out on Russia.’
      • ‘Danon's own admission that the jury is out on his mobile and wireless telephony target does little to convince the sceptics that he or the company can make in-roads into a sector it only recently abandoned.’
      • ‘Therefore the jury is out on what I will do about it.’
      • ‘Well, I think the jury is out on a number of issues in the mix, but overall of course I support our troops.’
      • ‘One or perhaps two are positioned to manage it - but the jury is out.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French juree ‘oath, inquiry’, from Latin jurata, feminine past participle of jurare ‘swear’ (see juror).

Pronunciation

jury

/ˈdʒʊəri/

Main definitions of jury in English

: jury1jury2

jury2

adjective

Nautical
  • (of a mast or other fitting) improvised or temporary.

    ‘we need to get that jury rudder fixed’
    • ‘They set up a jury rig, and sailed to Barbados, taking six weeks.’
    • ‘Having succeeded in rigging jury masts and putting the vessel to rights, sail was made.’
    temporary, provisional, interim, pro tem, short-term, working, makeshift, improvised, emergency, impromptu, rough and ready
    View synonyms

Origin

Early 19th century: independent usage of the first element of early 17th-century jury-mast ‘temporary mast’, of uncertain origin (compare with jury-rigged).

Pronunciation

jury

/ˈdʒʊəri/