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seigniory

or si·gno·ry

[seen-yuh-ree]
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noun, plural seign·ior·ies.
  1. the power or authority of a seignior.
  2. History/Historical. a lord's domain.

Origin of seigniory

1250–1300; Middle English seignorie < Old French; see seigneur, -y3
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Examples from the Web for seigniory

Historical Examples

  • The girl's property was within a seigniory held by the Church.

    A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • This Seigniory was granted in 1636, and is now the property of the Seminary of Quebec.

    Excursions and Poems

    Henry David Thoreau

  • The cost was to be his own; and he had no money, having spent it all on his seigniory.

  • This chronicler Trigan was the curé of the Seigniory of Digoville.

  • I offered my services as a butcher to the superintendent of the seigniory of Nointel.


British Dictionary definitions for seigniory

seigniory

signory (ˈsiːnjərɪ)

noun plural -gniories or -gnories
  1. less common names for a seigneury
  2. (in England) the fee or manor of a seignior; a feudal domain
  3. the authority of a seignior or the relationship between him and his tenants
  4. a body of lords
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