Definition of jurat in English:



  • 1mainly historical A person who has taken an oath or who performs a duty on oath, e.g. a juror.

    ‘On one occasion it was declared impossible to proceed with co-option of a jurat replacement because the community had not been forewarned to attend that particular meeting.’
    • ‘Pilton and Adams were again elected jurats in 1456, and offered no resistance on this occasion.’
    • ‘One of John's sons, Thomas de Couteshale, was prominent in the next generation, as jurat for most of 1369-96 and three times mayor, but otherwise the family slipped into obscurity.’
    • ‘Creation of a Common Council in Lynn doubtless is largely responsible for raising the average age of jurats, by setting an additional rung in the ladder.’
    • ‘The reformers proposed to amend mayoral elections so that the assembly would nominate two jurats, from whom mayor and jurats would select one for the following year's mayor.’
  • 2A statement on an affidavit of when, where, and before whom it was sworn.

    ‘The jurat to this affidavit was not properly completed.’
    • ‘After the trial judge had disposed of the motion on November 29, 2001 relating to the date on the jurat, the defendant entered a plea of not guilty to both counts.’
    • ‘In this case, an information failed to include in the jurat the date of swearing, and the place of swearing was changed without being initialed.’



/ˈjo͝orat/ /ˈdʒʊræt/


Late Middle English based on Latin juratus ‘sworn’, past participle of Latin jurare.