Oyer and terminer
Oyer O"yer, n. [Anglo F., a hearing, from OF. o["i]r, F. ou["i]r, to hear, L. audire. See {Audible}.] (Law) A hearing or an inspection, as of a deed, bond, etc., as when a defendant in court prays oyer of a writing. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]

{Oyer and terminer} (Law), a term used in England in commissions directed to judges of assize about to hold court, directing them to hear and determine cases brought before them. In the U.S. the phrase is used to designate certain criminal courts. [1913 Webster]


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  • Terminer — Ter mi*ner, n. [F. terminer to bound, limit, end. See {Terminate}.] (Law) A determining; as, in oyer and terminer. See {Oyer}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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