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n. pl. seign·ior·ies
The power, rank, or estate of a feudal lord. Also called signory.

[Middle English seigniorie, from Old French, from seignor, seignior; see seignior.]


(ˈseɪnjərɪ) ,




n, pl -gniories or -gnories
1. (Historical Terms) less common names for a seigneury
2. (Historical Terms) (in England) the fee or manor of a seignior; a feudal domain
3. (Historical Terms) the authority of a seignior or the relationship between him and his tenants
4. (Historical Terms) a body of lords


(ˈsin yə ri, ˈseɪn-)

n., pl. -gnior•ies.
1. the power or authority of a seignior.
2. a lord's domain.

Seigniory, Seignory

 a body of seigniors or Lords, 1485.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.seigniory - the estate of a seigneur
acres, demesne, landed estate, estate, land - extensive landed property (especially in the country) retained by the owner for his own use; "the family owned a large estate on Long Island"
2.seigniory - the position and authority of a feudal lord
berth, billet, post, situation, position, office, place, spot - a job in an organization; "he occupied a post in the treasury"
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Sancho partly heard these last words of his master, and said to him, "Strive hard you, Senor Don Quixote, to give me that county so often promised by you and so long looked for by me, for I promise you there will be no want of capacity in me to govern it; and even if there is, I have heard say there are men in the world who farm seigniories, paying so much a year, and they themselves taking charge of the government, while the lord, with his legs stretched out, enjoys the revenue they pay him, without troubling himself about anything else.
Sections describing the structure of colonial government, though echoing Whig political philosophy of the day, called for an extraordinarily complex feudal order--counties, seigniories, baronies, precincts--based on large numbers of settlers from designated social classes, along with an unusually convoluted system of courts.
More present in the religious orders wealthy with landed properties, this salaried workforce is also important in hospitaler communities yet less well provided in lands and seigniories.