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 defendant; a guardian.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In the civil law. A defender; one who assumed the defense of another's case in court. Also an advocate. A tutor or curator. In canon law. The advocate or patron of a church. An officer who had charge of the temporalities of the church. In old English law. A guardian, defender, or protector. The defendant in an action. A person vouched in to warranty.
    —Defensor civitatis. Defender or protector of a city or municipality. An officer under the Roman empire, whose duty it was to protect the people against the injustice of the magistrates, the insolence of the subaltern officers, and the rapacity.of the money-lenders. Schm. Civil Law, Introd. 16; Cod. 1, 55, 4. He had the powers of a judge, with jurisdiction of pecuniary causes to a limited amount, and the lighter species of offenses. Cod. 1, 55, 1; Nov. 15, e. 3, § 2; Id. c. 6, 1: He had also the care of the public records, and powers similar to those of a notary in regard to the execution of wills and conveyances.
    —Defensor fidei. Defender of the faith. See Defender.