from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See seigniory.
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- n. A territory or domain, especially under a feudal lordship.
- n. Overlordship, dominion.
- n. A ruling assembly, specifically of various Italian republics; a signoria.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See seigniory.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the estate of a seigneur
The next election to the signory (governing body) favored the Medici, and Cosimo was recalled (1434).
His father had equipped seven hundred heavy men at arms for him, and, August 18th, the Venetian ambassador reported to the signory that he had been requested by the Pope to ask the Doge to withdraw their protection from
Venetian ambassador, first mentioned the project to his signory November
For the ancients of Pisa have met for the last time; the signory of Florence plots no more; no more will any Emperor with the pride of a barbarian, the mien of a beggar or a thief, cross the Alps, or such an one as
Duke of Lucca, attempted the like in central Italy; but his signory perished with him.
And she answered: Son, attemper thy wrath and tarry a little, I have a true servant and a noble fighter against the vices, which shall run over all and vanquish the world, and subdue them under thy signory, and I shall give to them another servant into his help that shall fight as he doth.
Chigi too had instituted such search as was possible without putting the matter in the hands of the authorities, which would have brought about awkward complications with the signory of Florence.
Each signory, barony and colony consisted of 12,000 acres, and it was provided that after a certain term of years the "proprietors" should not have power to alienate or make over their proprietorship, but that "it should descend unto their heirs male."
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"And as the people had now taken state and signory on themselves, they ordered, for greater strength of the people, that all the towers of Florence -- and there were many 180 feet high  -- should be cut down to 75 feet, and no more; and so it was done, and with the stones of them they walled the city on the other side Arno."
'If a prince of Eldorado should come, with a pedigree of lineal descent from some signory in the moon in one hand, and a ticket of good-behaviour from the nearest Independent chapel, in the other' --?