One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1British (chiefly in plural) a periodic meeting of justices of the peace, convened by statute to address a particular kind of business (now historical); occasionally with singular concord.
2A session of a legislative or regulatory body, convened outside the regular schedule in order to address urgent business.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in William Lambarde (1536–1601), antiquary and lawyer.
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