barony

noun bar·ony \ ˈber-ə-nē , ˈba-rə- \

Definition of barony

plural baronies
1 :the domain, rank, or dignity of a baron
2 :a vast private landholding
3 :a field of activity under the sway of an individual or a special group

Examples of barony in a Sentence

  1. He inherited the barony from his father.

  2. no longer is the city's social and cultural life the barony of a few old-line families

First Known Use of barony

13th century


BARONY Defined for English Language Learners

barony

noun

Definition of barony for English Language Learners

  • : the rank of a baron


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