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

    In English law. A knight made in the field, by the ceremony of cutting off the point of his standard, and making it, as it were, a banner. Knights so made are acoounted so honorable that they are allowed to display their arms in the royui army, as barons do, and may bear arms with supporters. They rank next to barons; and were sometimes called "vexillarii." Wharton.