American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The power, rank, or estate of a feudal lord. Also called signory.
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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The power or authority of a lord; dominion.
- n. The territory over which a lord holds jurisdiction; a manor.
- n. the estate of a seigneur
- n. the position and authority of a feudal lord
- Old French signorie, from signor + -ie. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English seigniorie, from Old French, from seignor, seignior; see seignior. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Sometimes during war the seignior's wife and daughters were reduced to plowing in the fields and laboring with the women servants at the harvest; but ordinarily the life at the seigniory was a life of petty grandeur, with such style as the backwoods afforded.”
“Influenced by the liberal doctrines of the Enlightenment, German reformers tried to accelerate and regulate this process by limiting seignorial dues and services in hopes that liberation from the most oppressive aspects of seignorialism and a larger stake in the produce of a seigniory would encourage peasants to work harder.”
“It did not properly make a part of the dominions of the Duke of Burgundy, but had been placed in his hands in pawn or in pledge, for the repayment of a considerable sum of money, due to Charles by the Emperor Sigismund of Austria, to whom the seigniory of the place belonged in property.”
“His estate was a feudal seigniory in the district of Gex, on the very frontier of Switzerland, but in France, though enjoying immunity from French taxation.”
“But whatever she did by day, she danced by night, with her wild gyration and gesture, as naturally as a moth flies; and when not in demand with the seigniory, was wont to perform in even keener force and fire at the quarters, to an admiring circle of her own kind, with ambitious imitators on the outskirts.”
“He rests between two animals who warm Him from the cold, He who remedies our ills with His great power; His kingdom and seigniory are the world and the calm heaven, and now He sleeps in the hay.”
“The knights of Duart and Sleat, the chiefs of Clanranald and Glengarry, the Lochaber seigniory of Lochiel, and the titled chivalry of Sutherland and Seaforth,  formed subjects of poetic eulogy.”
“M. de Gaspé tells how he often accompanied Madame Taché, in her own right co-seigneuress of Kamouraska, opposite Malbaie, in her visits to the people on the seigniory.”
“He asked for the more important tract lying west of the little river at Malbaie and stretching to the seigniory of Les Eboulements, Fraser for that lying east of the river and stretching some eighteen miles along the St. Lawrence to the”
“Hazeur were invited to sell back the seigniory to the government.”
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