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si·gno·ry

or si·gnio·ry (sēn′yə-rē)
n. pl. si·gno·ries or si·gnio·ries
See seigniory.

[Middle English signorie, from Old French seigneurie, from seigneur, seignior; see seignior.]

signory

(ˈsiːnjərɪ)
n, pl -gnories
a variant spelling of seigniory

sei•gnior•y

(ˈsin yə ri, ˈseɪn-)

n., pl. -gnior•ies.
1. the power or authority of a seignior.
2. a lord's domain.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.signory - 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"
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My brother, and thy uncle, called Antonio-- I pray thee mark me, that a brother should Be so perfidious--he whom next thyself Of ail the world I loved, and to him put The manage of my state, as at that time Through all the signories it was the first, And Prospero the prime duke, being so reputed In dignity, and for the liberal arts Without a parallel; those being all my study, The government I cast upon my brother, And to my state grew stranger, being transported And rapt in secret studies.
<pre> I pray thee, mark me--that a brother should Be so perfidious!--he whom next thyself Of all the world I loved and to him put The manage of my state; as at that time Through all the signories it was the first And Prospero the prime duke, being so reputed In dignity, and for the liberal arts Without a parallel; those being all my study, The government I cast upon my brother And to my state grew stranger, being transported And rapt in secret studies.