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noun, plural si·gno·ries.
  1. seigniory.
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or si·gno·ry

noun, plural seign·ior·ies.
  1. the power or authority of a seignior.
  2. History/Historical. a lord's domain.
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Origin of seigniory

1250–1300; Middle English seignorie < Old French; see seigneur, -y3
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Examples from the Web for signory

Historical Examples

  • They then sent a delegation to the signory, directing that they grant their demands.

    Chit-Chat; Nirvana; The Searchlight

    Mathew Joseph Holt

  • Macchiavelli censures the Signory's conduct of this affair as impolitic.

  • They deprived the nobility of the right to sit in the Signory.

  • Two hundred infantry were also sent by the Signory for its defense.

  • Our business is with the Signory and not with feud-breeders such as art thou.

    Historic Boys

    Elbridge Streeter Brooks

British Dictionary definitions for signory


noun plural -gnories
  1. a variant spelling of seigniory
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signory (ˈsiːnjərɪ)

noun plural -gniories or -gnories
  1. less common names for a seigneury
  2. (in England) the fee or manor of a seignior; a feudal domain
  3. the authority of a seignior or the relationship between him and his tenants
  4. a body of lords
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