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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The power, rank, or estate of a feudal lord. Also called signory.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The estate of a feudal lord.
  • n. The power or authority of a lord; dominion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The power or authority of a lord; dominion.
  • n. The territory over which a lord holds jurisdiction; a manor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Lordship; power or authority as sovereign lord; jurisdiction; power.
  • n. Preëminence; precedence.
  • n. A principality or province; a domain.
  • n. The elders who constituted the municipal council in a medieval Italian republic.
  • n. A lordship without a manor, or of a manor in which all the lands were held by free tenants: more specifically called a seigniory in gross.
  • To exercise lordship over; be lord of.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the estate of a seigneur
  • n. the position and authority of a feudal lord

Etymologies

Middle English seigniorie, from Old French, from seignor, seignior; see seignior.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French signorie, from signor + -ie. (Wiktionary)

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