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 knight’s attendant; a title often applied to barristers.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In English law. A title of dignity next above gentleman, and below knight Also a title of office given to sheriffs, serjeants, and barristers at law, justices of the peace, and others. 1 BL Comin. 406; 3 Steph. Comm. 15, note; Tomlins. On the use of this term in American law, particularly as applied to justices of the peace and other inferior judicial officers, see Call v. Foresman, 5 Watts (Pa.) 331; Christian v. Ashley County, 24 Ark. 151; Com. v. Vance, 15 Serg. & R. (Pat) 37.