\\ˈȯiər\ noun (-s)
Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Old French oir to hear, from Latin audire — more at audible
1. : a criminal trial held under a commission of oyer and terminer
a. : the hearing of a document read in court; specifically : the hearing of a deed or other instrument read in court by petition of a party to a suit
b. : a copy of the instrument given rather than read to the petitioning party

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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