[ bar-uh-nee ]

noun,plural bar·o·nies.
  1. the domain of a baron.

Origin of barony

1250–1300; Middle English baronie<Anglo-French, Old French. See baron, -y3 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use barony in a sentence

  • They seemed to him, both for their possessions and their law-abiding disposition, to be worthy of baronies at least.

  • Quite a few industrial baronies on Gram would realize, before long, what they had lost in those men.

    Space Viking | Henry Beam Piper
  • A lot of the Glaspyth barons lost their baronies—some of them their heads—after Duke Omfray was run out.

    Space Viking | Henry Beam Piper
  • They were never mere royal officials, but peers of parliament, holding their temporalities as baronies under the crown.

  • He was the guardian of all escheated baronies and of all vacant benefices.

    Life of Thomas Becket | Henry Hart Milman

British Dictionary definitions for barony


/ (ˈbærənɪ) /

nounplural -nies
    • the domain of a baron

    • (in Ireland) a division of a county

    • (in Scotland) a large estate or manor

  1. the rank or dignity of a baron

  1. a sphere of influence dominated by an industrial magnate or other powerful individual

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