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

    Those who have attained peculiar seniority at the Inns of Court.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In English law. Gentlemen of the Inns of court and chancery. In Gray's Inn the society consiste of benchers, ancients, barristers, and students under the bar ; and here the ancients are of the oldest barristers. In the Middle Temple, those who had passed their readings used to be termed "ancients." The Inns of Chancery consist of ancients and students or clerks; from the ancients a principal or treasurer is chosen yearly. Wharton.