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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 of stannary

  • It was an active centre of mining, and became a stannary or coinage town.

    The Cornwall Coast

    Arthur L. Salmon

  • It is certain that Lydford ranked high among the Stannary towns, and was a place of consequence.


    Arthur L. Salmon

  • Helston was one of the Stannary Towns, and it was said that vessels could at one time come quite near it.

    From John O'Groats to Land's End

    Robert Naylor and John Naylor

  • The castle, an uninteresting ruin, occupies a natural mound artificially shaped; it was long the Stannary prison.

  • The shire hall includes remains of a building, called the Stannary prison, dating from the 13th century.

British Dictionary definitions for stannary


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

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