from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A sharing in the proceeds of a lawsuit by an outside party who has promoted the litigation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. investing money into an individual’s law suit.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Partnership in power; equal share of authority.
- n. The prosecution or defense of a suit, whether by furnishing money or personal services, by one who has no legitimate concern therein, in consideration of an agreement that he shall receive, in the event of success, a share of the matter in suit; maintenance with the addition of an agreement to divide the thing in suit. See Maintenance.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In law, a species of maintenance, being a bargain which a person not otherwise interested makes with a plaintiff or defendant to receive a share of the land or other matter in suit in the event of success, the champertor carrying on or assisting to carry on the party's suit or defense at his own expense; the purchase of a suit or the right of suing. Champerty is a punishable offense by common law, and in some jurisdictions by statute.
- n. A partnership in power. Also written champarty.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an unethical agreement between an attorney and client that the attorney would sue and pay the costs of the client's suit in return for a portion of the damages awarded
Middle English champartie, from Old French champart, the lord's share of the tenant's crop, from Medieval Latin campars, campīpars : Latin campī, genitive of campus, field + Latin pars, part; see part.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English champartie, from Middle French champart ("field rent – portion of produce of field paid to feudal lord"), probably from Latin campī ("fields") pars ("part"), with first term in turn from Proto-Indo-European *kamp- (“to bend; crooked”). Compare modern English campus and French champ ("field"). (Wiktionary)