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[stan-uh-ree] /ˈstæn ə ri/
noun, plural stannaries. British.
a tin-mining region or district.
a place where tin is mined or smelted.
Origin of stannary
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Medieval Latin stannāria tin mine, equivalent to Late Latin stann(um) stannum + -āria -ary Unabridged
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  • A resignation of the Wardenship of the stannaries had been extorted from him.

    Sir Walter Ralegh William Stebbing
  • As a reward he was appointed in 1742 Warden of the stannaries.

    Lord Chatham Archibald Phillip Primrose Rosebery
  • In 1198 appears a letter from the Warden of the stannaries to the Justiciar.

    Cornwall Sabine Baring-Gould
  • As Warden of the stannaries he introduced reforms which greatly mitigated the hardships of the miners.

    Raleigh Edmund Gosse
  • This is still the principal town of the stannaries, wherein the court is held relating to those causes.

  • The stannaries were divided into five districts, of which Penwith and Kerrier formed one.

  • This Prince 'much augmented the powers of the stannaries of Devon and Cornwall, and under his auspices they thrived exceedingly.'

  • His name was Simon Carfax, and he came as the captain of a gang from one of the Cornish stannaries.

    Lorna Doone R. D. Blackmore
British Dictionary definitions for stannaries


the Stannaries, a tin-mining district of Devon and Cornwall, formerly under the jurisdiction of special courts


noun (pl) -ries
a place or region where tin is mined or worked
Word Origin
C15: from Medieval Latin stannāria, from Late Latin: stannum, tin
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