• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Oyer (Law) A hearing or an inspection, as of a deed, bond, etc., as when a defendant in court prays oyer of a writing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n oyer In law, a hearing or trial of causes.
    • n oyer The production of a document or copy of a document which an adversary has mentioned in his pleading; anciently, the hearing of the reading of such document. In early times often called oyer and determiner.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Oyer ō′yėr a hearing in a law-court, an assize
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Anglo F., a hearing, from OF. oïr, F. ouïr, to hear, L. audire,. See Audible
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Norm. Fr. oyer (Fr. ouir)—L. audīre, to hear.


In literature:

From this beginning rose up the Great Oyer of Poisoning.
"She Stands Accused" by Victor MacClure
There were also Oyer and Terminer and Admiralty Courts.
"Pioneers of the Old South" by Mary Johnston
OYER AND TERMINER, an English Court Commission to hear and determine special causes.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
So far as the records show, no action was taken until the trial began in Oyer and Terminer.
"Henry Hudson" by Thomas A. Janvier
The journal of the Special Court of Oyer and Terminer is nowhere to be found.
"Salem Witchcraft, Volumes I and II" by Charles Upham
They were to constitute a court of oyer and terminer.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 3, 1918" by Various
She can't help herself, but she'll get oyer it in time.
"Short Cruises" by W. W. Jacobs
A year had passed away, and certain bits of color blossoming among Margaret's weeds indicated that the winter of her mourning was oyer.
"A Rivermouth Romance" by Thomas Bailey Aldrich
He was like the camel-bag in the desert to the terrified wayfarer when the sand-cloud breaks oyer him.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
The fatal day came at last, and Charles was arraigned before the court of oyer and terminer on charge of the murder of one Samuel Williams.
"The Witch of Salem" by John R. Musick

In news:

"Nick" Oyer , 87, of 9383 Oyer Drive, Waynesboro, died at 2:11 pm Friday, Nov 9, 2012, in the Waynesboro Hospital.
Born May 22, 1925, in Waynesboro, he was the son of the late Walter R and Ruth L (Layman) Oyer .
Melissa Oyer and Justin Brown were married at First Presbyterian Church of Alabaster on Saturday, May 7.
Linda Oyer, chief executive officer of the East Texas Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse, will be featured on this week's Tyler Chamber Radio show.
Linda Oyer, chief executive officer of the East Texas Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse , will be featured on this week's Tyler Chamber Radio show.
Governor Phipps, in response to Mather's plea and his own wife being questioned for witchcraft , prohibited further arrests, released many accused witches and dissolved the Court of Oyer and Terminer on October 29.