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

    An English title which is a dignity of inheritance, created by letters patent. See 1 Bl. Comm. 403.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    An English name or title of dignity, (but not a title of nobllity,) established A. D. 1611 by James I. It is created by letters patent, and descends to the male heir. Spelman.