A jury is a group that decides a contest or a court case together. If you get summoned for jury duty and get picked as one of the 12 members of the jury, you’ll help decide if someone is guilty or not.

A jury is any group that makes a group decision. In the County Fair, the stakes aren't so high — just respect for your baking skills or pig-raising talents. But many juries are convened by courts to decide whether someone is innocent or guilty. In this case, the jury is sworn to act according to the law. Jury comes from the Old French word for "oath," pointing to the promise to deliver the truth that a jury swears to.

Definitions of jury
  1. noun
    a body of citizens sworn to give a true verdict according to the evidence presented in a court of law
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    grand jury
    a jury to inquire into accusations of crime and to evaluate the grounds for indictments
    hung jury
    a jury that is unable to agree on a verdict (the result is a mistrial)
    petit jury, petty jury
    a jury of 12 to determine the facts and decide the issue in civil or criminal proceedings
    blue ribbon jury, special jury
    a jury whose members are selected for special knowledge for a case involving complicated issues
    type of:
    a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity
  2. noun
    a committee appointed to judge a competition
    synonyms: panel
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    type of:
    commission, committee
    a special group delegated to consider some matter
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