Barony Bar"o*ny, n.; pl. {Baronies}. [OF. baronie, F. baronnie, LL. baronia. See {Baron}.] 1. The fee or domain of a baron; the lordship, dignity, or rank of a baron. [1913 Webster]

2. In Ireland, a territorial division, corresponding nearly to the English {hundred}, and supposed to have been originally the district of a native chief. There are 252 of these baronies. In Scotland, an extensive freehold. It may be held by a commoner. --Brande & C. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • barony — [bar′ə nē, ber′ə nē] n. pl. baronies [ME & OFr baronie] 1. a baron s domain 2. the rank, title, or status of a baron or baroness …   English World dictionary

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  • barony — /bar euh nee/, n., pl. baronies. 1. the domain of a baron. 2. baronage (def. 2). [1250 1300; ME baronie < AF, OF. See BARON, Y3] * * * …   Universalium

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