seigniory definition by Webster's New World
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noun pl. seigniories
- the dominion or estate of a seignior
- the rights or authority of a feudal lord
- a body of lords, esp. those of a medieval Italian republic
- seigneury (sense )
Origin: Middle English seignorie ; from Old French
seigniory definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. seign·ior·ies
The power, rank, or estate of a feudal lord. Also called signory.
Origin: Middle English seigniorie, from Old French, from seignor, seignior; see seignior.