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.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Pilton and Adams were again elected jurats in 1456, and offered no resistance on this occasion.’
- ‘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.’
2A statement on an affidavit of when, where, and before whom it was sworn.
- ‘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.’
- ‘The jurat to this affidavit was not properly completed.’
- ‘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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