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

    A challenge; a note from a belligerent relative to exchange of prisoners.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    An agreement between two hostile powers for the delivery of prisoners or deserters. Also a written challenge to fight a duel.
    —Cartel-ship. A vessel commissioned in time of war to exchange the prisoners of any two hostile powers; also to carry any particular proposal from one to another. For this reason, the officer who commands her is particularly ordered to carry no cargo, ammunition, or implements of war, except a single gun for the Purpose of signals. Crawford v. The William 'enn, 6 Fed. Cas. 778.