signory

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Anglo-Norman signeurie, Middle French signeurie, signerie etal., later influenced by Italian signoria. Compare seigniory.

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Noun[edit]

signory (plural signories)

  1. (now rare) A territory or domain, especially under a feudal lordship.
    • 1644, John Milton, Aeropagitica:
      Such honour was done in those dayes to men who profest the study of wisdome and eloquence, not only in their own Country, but in other Lands, that Cities and Siniories heard them gladly, and with great respect, if they had aught in publick to admonish the State.
  2. Overlordship, dominion.
  3. (now historical) A ruling assembly, specifically of various Italian republics; a signoria.