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

    Grade; status; relationship.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In the civil and old English law. A measure of space. A degree of relationship. A step or degree generally; e. g., gradus honorum, degrees of honor. Vicat. A pulpit; a year; a generation. Du Cange. A port; any place where a vessel can be brought to land. Du Cange.