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

    Same as Churl.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In Anglo Saxon law. The freemen were divided into two classes,—thanes and ceorls. The thanes were the proprietors of the soil, which was entirely at their disposal. The ceorls were men personally free, but possessing no landed property. Guizot, Rep. Govt. " A tenant at will of free condition, who held land of the thane on condition of paying rent or services. Cowell. A freeman of inferior rank occupied in husbandry. Spelman.