Meaning of “jury” in the English Dictionary

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"jury" in British English

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jurynoun [ C, + sing/pl verb ]

uk /ˈdʒʊə.ri/ us /ˈdʒʊr.i/

B2 a group of people who have been chosen to listen to all the facts in a trial in a law court and to decide if a person is guilty or not guilty, or if a claim has been proved:

members of the jury
The jury has/have been unable to return a verdict (= reach a decision).
Police officers aren't usually allowed to be/sit/serve on a jury.

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  • The jury delivered a verdict of not guilty.
  • The members of the jury left the court with a police escort.
  • Not surprisingly, the jury found them both guilty.
  • The decision about whether he is innocent or guilty rests with the jury.
  • He went free because the jury decided there was a reasonable doubt about his guilt.

(Definition of “jury” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"jury" in American English

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jurynoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈdʒʊr·i/

a group of people who have been chosen to listen to the facts of a trial in a law court and to decide whether a person is guilty or not guilty, or whether a claim has been proved:

[ U ] a trial by jury/a jury trial
[ C ] My husband served on a jury in a criminal case a few months ago.

A jury is also a group of people chosen to judge a competition:

[ C ] The jury chose an unexpected winner for the literary prize.

(Definition of “jury” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"jury" in Business English

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jurynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdʒʊəri/ us plural juries LAW

US also jury panel a group of people who have been chosen to listen to the facts in a court action and decide whether a person is guilty or not guilty or whether a claim has been proved:

He was flanked by two prison officers as he awaited the jury's verdict.
Last year a California jury awarded $172m to staff who had been forced to work through meal breaks.
a jury acquits/convicts/deliberates The jury convicted seven of the men of conspiracy, but acquitted nine others.
A series of suspicious phone calls took place between the defendants, a jury heard yesterday.
the jury is out (on sth)

used to say that people have not yet decided whether something is good or bad:

The jury is still out on whether she is the right person to revive the company's fortunes.

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(Definition of “jury” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)