Queen's evidence
Evidence Ev"i*dence, n. [F. ['e]vidence, L. Evidentia. See {Evident}.] 1. That which makes evident or manifest; that which furnishes, or tends to furnish, proof; any mode of proof; the ground of belief or judgement; as, the evidence of our senses; evidence of the truth or falsehood of a statement. [1913 Webster]

Faith is . . . the evidence of things not seen. --Heb. xi. 1. [1913 Webster]

O glorious trial of exceeding love Illustrious evidence, example high. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. One who bears witness. [R.] ``Infamous and perjured evidences.'' --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

3. (Law) That which is legally submitted to competent tribunal, as a means of ascertaining the truth of any alleged matter of fact under investigation before it; means of making proof; -- the latter, strictly speaking, not being synonymous with evidence, but rather the effect of it. --Greenleaf. [1913 Webster]

{Circumstantial evidence}, {Conclusive evidence}, etc. See under {Circumstantial}, {Conclusive}, etc.

{Crown's evidence}, {King's evidence}, or {Queen's evidence}, evidence for the crown, in English courts; equivalent to {state's evidence} in American courts. [Eng.]

{State's evidence}, evidence for the government or the people. [U. S. ]

{To turn King's evidence} {To turn Queen's evidence}, or {To turn State's evidence}, to confess a crime and give evidence against one's accomplices.

Syn: Testimony; proof. See {Testimony}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Queen's evidence — Queen Queen, n. [OE. quen, quene, queen, quean, AS. cw[=e]n wife, queen, woman; akin to OS. qu[=a]n wife, woman, Icel. kv[=a]n wife, queen, Goth. q[=e]ns. [root]221. See {Quean}.] 1. The wife of a king. [1913 Webster] 2. A woman who is the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Queen's evidence — n BrE turn Queen s evidence if a criminal turns Queen s evidence, they agree to help the police and law courts to catch other criminals by giving them information →↑king s evidence, ↑State s evidence …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Queen's evidence — the evidence of someone who decides to give evidence incriminating his accomplice. He may be given immunity from prosecution for doing this. In England the jury will be warned that it is dangerous to convict on such evidence unless corroborated.… …   Law dictionary

  • Queen's evidence — ► NOUN English Law ▪ evidence for the prosecution given by a participant in the crime being tried …   English terms dictionary

  • Queen's evidence — King s (Queen s) evidence When several persons are charged with a crime, and one of them gives evidence against his accomplices, on the promise of being granted a pardon, he is said to be admitted king s or (in America) state s evidence. Called… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Queen's evidence — King s (Queen s) evidence When several persons are charged with a crime, and one of them gives evidence against his accomplices, on the promise of being granted a pardon, he is said to be admitted king s or (in America) state s evidence. Called… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Queen's evidence — King King, n. [AS. cyng, cyning; akin to OS. kuning, D. koning, OHG. kuning, G. k[ o]nig, Icel. konungr, Sw. konung, Dan. konge; formed with a patronymic ending, and fr. the root of E. kin; cf. Icel. konr a man of noble birth. [root]44. See {Kin} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • queen's evidence — n. (BE) to turn queen s evidence (see also king s evidence, state s evidence) * * * (BE) to turn queen s evidence (see also king s evidence, state s evidence) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • Queen's evidence — noun BrE turn Queen s evidence if a criminal turns Queen s evidence, they agree to help the police, law courts etc to catch other criminals by giving them information see also: evidence 1, king s evidence, State s evidence …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • Queen's evidence — /kwinz ˈɛvədəns/ (say kweenz evuhduhns) noun 1. evidence given by an accomplice in a crime on behalf of the Crown against the other defendants. –phrase 2. turn Queen s evidence, to give such evidence. Also, (when the reigning monarch is a man),… …   Australian English dictionary

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