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

    Personal property. See 1 Am. Dec. 294, note.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In contracts. The term "goods" is not so wide as "chattels," for it applies to Inanimate objects, and does not include animals or chattels real, as a lease for years of house or land, which "chattels" does include. Co. Litt. 118; St. Joseph Hydraulic Ch v. Wiison, 133 Ind. 465, 33 N. E. 113; Van Patten v. Leonard, 55 Iowa, 520, 8 N. W. 334; Putnam v. Westcott, 19 Johns. (N. Y.) 76. In wills. In wills "goods" is nomen generalissimum, and, if there is nothing to limit it, will comprehend all 'the personal estate of the testator, as stocks, bonds, notes, money, plate, furniture, etc. Kendall v. Kendall, 4 Russ.' 370; Chamberlain v. Western Transp. Co., 44 N. Y. 310, 4 Am. Rep. 681; Foxall v. McKenney, 9 Fed. Cas. 645; Bailey v. Duncan, 2 T. B. Mon. (Ky.) 22; Keyser v. School Dist., 35 N. H. 483.
    —Goods and chattels. This phrase is a general denomination of personal property, as distinguished from real property; the term "chattels" having the effect of extending its scope to any objects of that nature which would not properly be included by the term "goods" alone, e. p., living animals, emblements, and fruits, and terms under leases for years. The general phrase also embraces choses in action, as well as personalty in possession. In wills. The term "goods and chattels" will, unless restrained by the context, pass all the personal estate, including leases for years, cattle, corn, debts, and the like. Ward, Leg. 2O8, 211.
    —Goods sold and delivered. A phrase frequently used in the action of assumpsit, when the sale and delivery of goods furnish the cause.
    —Goods, wares, and merchandise. A general and comprehensive designation of such chattels as are ordinarily the subject of traffic and sale. The phrase is used in the statute of frauds, and is frequently found in pleadings and other instruments. As to its scope, see State v. Brooks, 4 Co.nn. 449; French v. Schoonmaker, 69 N. J. Law, 6, 54 Atl. 225; Sewall v. Allen. 6 Wend. (N. Y.) 355; Smith v. Wilcox. 24 N. Y. 358, 82 Am. Dec. 302; Dyott v. Letcher, 6 J. J. Marsh. (Ky.) 543; Boston Investment Co. v. Boston, 158 Mass. 461, 33 N. E. 580; Co.m. v. Nax, 13 Grat. (Va.) 790; Ellison v. Brigham, 38 Vt. 66; Banta v. Chicago, 172 111. 204, 50 N. E. 233, 40 In R. A. 611.