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 court for the care of orphans and their property.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In English law. The court of the lord mayor and aldermen of London, which has the care of those orphans whose parent died in London and was free of the city. In Pennsylvania (and perhaps some other states) the name "orphans' court" is applied to that species of tribunal which is elsewhere known as the "probate court" or "surrogate's court"