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

    One who enters a combat or battel for another. See 3 Bl. Comm. 339.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    A person who fights a combat in his own cause or in place of another. The person who, in the trial by battel, fought either for the tenant or demandant. 3 BL Comm. 339.
    —Champion of the king or queen. An ancient officer, whose duty it was to ride armed cap'd,-pt6. into Westminster Hall at the coronation, while the king was at dinner, and, by the proclamation of a herald, make a chnilenge "that, if any man shall deny the king's title to the crown, he is there ready to defend it in single combat." The king drank to him, and sent him a gilt cup covered, full of wine, which the champion drank, retaining the cup for his fee. This ceremony, long discontinued, was revived at the coronation of George IV., but-not afterwards. Wharton.