noun, plural stan·na·ries. British.

a tin-mining region or district.
a place where tin is mined or smelted.

Origin of stannary

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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stannaries

Historical Examples of stannaries

  • A resignation of the Wardenship of the Stannaries had been extorted from him.

    Sir Walter Ralegh

    William Stebbing

  • As a reward he was appointed in 1742 Warden of the Stannaries.

    Lord Chatham

    Archibald Phillip Primrose Rosebery

  • In 1198 appears a letter from the Warden of the Stannaries to the Justiciar.


    Sabine Baring-Gould

  • As Warden of the Stannaries he introduced reforms which greatly mitigated the hardships of the miners.


    Edmund Gosse

  • This is still the principal town of the Stannaries, wherein the court is held relating to those causes.

British Dictionary definitions for stannaries



the Stannaries a tin-mining district of Devon and Cornwall, formerly under the jurisdiction of special courts


noun plural -ries

a place or region where tin is mined or worked

Word Origin for stannary

C15: from Medieval Latin stannāria, from Late Latin: stannum, tin
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