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

    A mediaeval term for a class of agricultural owners of small allodial farms, which they cultivated in connection with larger farms belonging to their lords, paying reut and service for the latter, and being under the protection of their superiors. Military tenants holding lands from the emperor. Spelman.