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stannary

[stan-uh-ree]
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noun, plural stan·na·ries. British.
  1. a tin-mining region or district.
  2. a place where tin is mined or smelted.
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Origin of stannary

1425–75; late Middle English < Medieval Latin stannāria tin mine, equivalent to Late Latin stann(um) stannum + -āria -ary
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Historical Examples

  • 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.

    Cornwall

    Sabine Baring-Gould

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

    Raleigh

    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

Stannaries

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

noun plural -ries
  1. a place or region where tin is mined or worked
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Word Origin

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