Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The power, rank, or estate of a feudal lord.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To exercise lordship over; be lord of.
  • noun Lordship; power or authority as sovereign lord; jurisdiction; power.
  • noun Preëminence; precedence.
  • noun A principality or province; a domain.
  • noun The elders who constituted the municipal council in a medieval Italian republic.
  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun the estate of a seigneur
  • noun the position and authority of a feudal lord

Etymologies

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

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

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Old French signorie, from signor + -ie.

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