noun, plural bar·o·nies.

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. 2019

Examples from the Web for barony

Historical Examples of barony

  • The Barony of Holderness was forfeited, but Drogo was never captured.

  • Malcolm of Inch-Grabbit had, it appeared, come to uplift the rents of the Barony.

    Red Cap Tales

    Samuel Rutherford Crockett

  • A barony had, in his judgment, begun to be a thing which might be mentioned without a smile.

    Tristram of Blent

    Anthony Hope

  • You remember that the unsuccessful claimant in the Bearsdale case got a barony?

    Tristram of Blent

    Anthony Hope

  • You are of course aware that there was once a barony in the family.

    The Young Duke

    Benjamin Disraeli

British Dictionary definitions for barony


noun plural -nies

  1. the domain of a baron
  2. (in Ireland) a division of a county
  3. (in Scotland) a large estate or manor
the rank or dignity of a baron
a sphere of influence dominated by an industrial magnate or other powerful individual
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Word Origin and History for barony

c.1300, from Old French baronie, from Late Latin *baronia, from baron (see baron).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper