commandery

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From French commanderie, from Late Latin commendaria, from Latin commendare.
In the Chinese administrative division sense, used as a translation of () and (jùn).

Noun[edit]

commandery (plural commanderies)

  1. A territory under the control of a commander, particularly:
    1. (historical) The smallest division of a manor under the control of a commander of an order of knights, originally only the Knights Hospitaller.
    2. (historical) Any of various administrative divisions of imperial China.
  2. A chapter of a secret order, especially the Knights Templar (order affiliated with Freemasonry).

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