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

    Value of marriage, i. e., what the suitor would give.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In feudal law. The right of marriage, which the lord or guardian in chivalry had of disposing of his infant ward in matrimony. A guardian In socage had also the same right, but not attended with the same advantage. 2 Bl. Comm. 88. In Scotch law. A cortain sum due by the heir of a deceased ward vassal, when the heir became of marriageable age. Ersk. Inst. 2, 5, 18.