[ swon-uh-ree ]
/ ˈswɒn ə ri /
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noun, plural swan·ner·ies.
a place where swans are raised.
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Origin of swannery

First recorded in 1560–70; swan1 + -ery
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How to use swannery in a sentence

  • Some pedigree Herefords for his ‘home farm’ was another commission, and a dozen and a half swans for a swannery.

  • The first of these is master of the famous swannery or nursery of swans, the like of which, I believe, is not in Europe.

  • Every one has heard of the Fleet in connection with the famous swannery of Abbotsbury, the largest in the land.

    Afoot in England|W.H. Hudson
  • I had heard so much about the swannery that it had but little interest for me.

    Afoot in England|W.H. Hudson

British Dictionary definitions for swannery

/ (ˈswɒnərɪ) /

noun plural -neries
a place where swans are kept and bred
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