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


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

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