Signory meaning

sēn'yə-rē
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(now rare) A territory or domain, especially under a feudal lordship.
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(now historical) A ruling assembly, specifically of various Italian republics; a signoria.
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Origin of signory

  • Middle English signorie from Old French seigneurie from seigneur seignior seignior
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Anglo-Norman signeurie, Middle French signeurie, signerie etal., later influenced by Italian signoria. Compare seigniory.
    From Wiktionary