commandery
noun (plural -eries) Date: 15th century 1. a district under the control of a commander of an order of knights 2. an assembly or lodge in a secret order

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  • Commandery — may refer to: Commandry (British English), or commandery (American English), was the smallest division of the European landed estate or manor under the control of a commander (or commendator), of an order of knights. The word is also applied to… …   Wikipedia

  • Commandery — Com*mand er*y, n.; pl. {Commanderies}. [F. commanderie.] 1. The office or rank of a commander. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. A district or a manor with lands and tenements appertaining thereto, under the control of a member of an order of knights who… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • commandery — [kə man′dərē, kə män′dərē] n. pl. commanderies [ME comaundrie < OFr comanderie < ML commendaria (< commenda, commendation, an entrusting < L commendare,COMMEND), benefice entrusted to someone: sp. infl. by assoc. with COMMAND] 1. the… …   English World dictionary

  • commandery — /keuh man deuh ree, mahn /, n., pl. commanderies. 1. the office or rank of a commander. 2. the district of a commander. 3. a district controlled by a commander of certain medieval orders of knights. 4. a local branch or lodge of certain secret or …   Universalium

  • Commandery — monastic house of the military order of Hospitallers …   Medieval glossary

  • commandery — com·mand·ery …   English syllables

  • commandery — com•mand•er•y [[t]kəˈmæn də ri, ˈmɑn [/t]] n. pl. er•ies 1) mil the office or rank of a commander 2) mil why the district of a commander 3) why a local branch or lodge of certain secret or fraternal orders • Etymology: 1400–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • commandery — In old English law, a manor or chief messuage with lands and tenements thereto appertaining, which belonged to the priory of St. John of Jerusalem, in England; he who had the government of such a manor or house was styled the commander, who could …   Black's law dictionary

  • commandery — In old English law, a manor or chief messuage with lands and tenements thereto appertaining, which belonged to the priory of St. John of Jerusalem, in England; he who had the government of such a manor or house was styled the commander, who could …   Black's law dictionary

  • commandery — noun the position or office of commander • Syn: ↑commandership • Derivationally related forms: ↑commander (for: ↑commandership) • Hypernyms: ↑position, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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