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

    One next of kin to a child from whom it was impossible for the former to inherit, as guardian of the socage land and person of the child, until the child was fourteen. See 2 Wend. (N. Y.) 153, 19 Am. Dec. 568.