Talesman

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Talesman (Law) A person called to make up a deficiency in the number of jurors when a tales is awarded.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n talesman The author or relater of a tale.
    • n talesman In law, a person summoned to act as a juror from among the bystanders in open court.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Talesman a bystander so chosen
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From the phrase 'tales de circumstantibus,' tales, pl. of L. talis, such.

Usage

In literature:

No method is too far-fetched to be made use of on the chance of "catching" some stray talesman.
"Courts and Criminals" by Arthur Train
Not a talesman in the length and breadth of Brabant County who could swear truthfully that he had formed no opinion on the case.
"Mrs. Balfame" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
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In poetry:

'Tis morn the fourth and calm's the sea
As though some talesmanic wand
Had quelled the waves inebriety
By virtue of the wielder's hand;
"Descriptive Voyage From New York To Aspinwall" by James Madison Bell