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commandery

[ kuh-man-duh-ree, -mahn- ]
/ kəˈmæn də ri, -ˈmɑn- /
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noun, plural com·mand·er·ies.

the office or rank of a commander.
the district of a commander.
a district controlled by a commander of certain medieval orders of knights.
a local branch or lodge of certain secret or fraternal orders.

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Origin of commandery

1400–50; late Middle English. See commander, -y3
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