impanel

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From Anglo-Norman empaneller.

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impanel (third-person singular simple present impanels, present participle Commonwealth impanelling, US impaneling, simple past and past participle Commonwealth impanelled, US impaneled)

  1. To enrol (jurors), e.g. from a jury pool; to register (the names of jurors) on a "panel" or official list.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, VI.7:
      Therefore a Jurie was impaneld streight / T'enquire of them, whether by force, or sleight, / Or their owne guilt, they were away conveyd?
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.16:
      We are often driven to empanell and select a jury of twelve men out of a whole countrie to determine of an acre of land []
    • End of XVI cent., Mine eye and heart are at a mortal war, by Shakespeare:
      To 'cide this title is impannelled / A quest of thoughts, all tenants to the heart; / And by their verdict is determined / The clear eye's moiety, and the dear heart's part

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