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    Sax. The metropolis; the chief city. Obsolete.
    (Fr. ealet Sax., ale, and has, house.) An ale-house.
    Sax. The privilege of assising and selling beer. Obsolete.
    In English law. Such grass which Is upon the land after the mowing, until the feast of the Annunciation after. 3 Leon. 218.
    A mark put upon a thing to distinguish it from another. Originally and literally, a mark upon the ear; a mode of marking sheep and other animals. Property is said to be ear-marked when it can be identified or distinguished from other property of the same nature. Money has no More...
    In the law of evidence. One who attests or can attest anything as heard by himself.
  • EARL
    A title of nobility, formerly the highest in England, now the third, ranking between a marquis and a viscount, and corresponding with the French "comte" and the German "graf." The title originated with the Saxons, and is the most ancient of the English peerage. William the Conqueror first made this More...
    Money given in part payment. See EARNEST.
    The payment of a part of the price of goods sold, or the delivery of part of such goods, for the purpose of binding the contract Howe v. Hayward, 108 Mass. 54, 11 Am. Rep. 306. A token or pledge passing between the parties, by way of evidence, or ratification More...
    This term is used to denote a larger class of credits than would be included in the term "wages." Somers v. Keliher, 115 Mass. 165; Jenks v. Dyer, 102 Mass. 235. The gains of the person derived from his services or labor without the aid of capital. Brown v. Hebard, More...
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