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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It was an active centre of mining, and became a stannary or coinage town.

    The Cornwall Coast Arthur L. Salmon
  • It is certain that Lydford ranked high among the stannary towns, and was a place of consequence.

    Dartmoor Arthur L. Salmon
  • Helston was one of the stannary Towns, and it was said that vessels could at one time come quite near it.

    From John O'Groats to Land's End Robert Naylor and John Naylor
  • The castle, an uninteresting ruin, occupies a natural mound artificially shaped; it was long the stannary prison.

  • The shire hall includes remains of a building, called the stannary prison, dating from the 13th century.

  • But the tinners were under their own laws and officers, and their court, called the stannary Court, sat formerly at Lostwithiel.

    Cornwall Sabine Baring-Gould
  • Truro was formerly one of the towns having the privilege of stamping tin, and is the seat of the stannary Court.

    Cornwall Sabine Baring-Gould
  • Appeals from the stannary Courts may be made now to the higher courts of England.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
  • The stannary Courts, we are informed, were utterly corrupt and saturated with the spirit of perjury and injustice.

  • stannary, stan′ar-i, adj. of or relating to tin mines or works.

British Dictionary definitions for stannary


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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