Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    A public fight.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In criminal law. The fighting of two or more persons in some public place to the terror of the people. Burton v. Com., 60 S. W. 526, 22 Ky. Law Rep. 1315; Thompson v. State, 70 Ala. 26; State v. Allen, 11 N. a 356. It differs from a riot in not being premeditated ; for if any persons meet together upon any lawful or innocent occasion, and happen on a sadden to engage in fighting, they are not guilty of a riot, but an affray only; and in that case none are guilty except those actually engaged in it. Hawk. P. C. bk. 1, c. 65. § 3; 4 Bl. Comm. 146; 1 Russ. Crimes, 271; Supreme Council v. Garrigus, 104 Ind. 133, 3 N. E. 818, 54 Am. Ren. 298. If two or more persons voluntarily or by agreement engage in any fight, or use any blows or violence towards each other in an angry or quarrelsome manner, in any public place to the disturbance of others, they are piiltv of an affray, and shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding thirty days, or by fine not exceeding one hundred dollars. Rev. Code Iowa 1880. § 4065.