• WordNet 3.6
    • n commandery the position or office of commander
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Commandery A district or a manor with lands and tenements appertaining thereto, under the control of a member of an order of knights who was called a commander; -- called also a preceptory.
    • Commandery A district under the administration of a military commander or governor.
    • Commandery An assembly or lodge of Knights Templars (so called) among the Freemasons.
    • Commandery The office or rank of a commander.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n commandery The office or dignity of a commander.
    • n commandery A district under the authority or administration of a commander. A district under the authority of a military commander or a governor.
    • n commandery A house, technically called a cell, in which the domain-rents of a medieval commandery were received, and which also served as a home for veteran members of the order. It was sometimes fortified, and occasionally formed an extensive and formidable stronghold.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Commandery the district under a commander, specially used in connection with the Templars, the Hospitallers, and other religious orders
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. commanderie,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. commander—L. commendārecom, and mandāre, to entrust.


In literature:

Do you know that the walls extended as far as the Commanderie?
"The Merry Men and Other Tales and Fables" by Robert Louis Stevenson
We call them knight-hawks, and they have a great number of rich commanderies (fat livings) in your world.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
He offers three thousand francs if Monsieur de Mortsauf will build him a farm-house at the Commanderie.
"The Lily of the Valley" by Honore de Balzac
The commanderies of chivalry, two hundred at least in number, were likewise enormously profitable.
"History of the United Netherlands, 1600-09, Vol. IV. Complete" by John Lothrop Motley
The commandery will therefore be administered by the senior of the knights attached to it.
"A Knight of the White Cross" by G.A. Henty
If this were only my commandery on the Rhine!
"The Yeoman Adventurer" by George W. Gough
We call them knight-hawks, and they have a great number of rich commanderies (fat livings) in your world.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book V." by Francois Rabelais
Diego de Ordas also, who went to court, obtained a commandery of St Jago, and districts in New Spain.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. IV." by Robert Kerr
War papers and personal recollections, 1861-1865, published by the Commandery of the State of Missouri.
"The American Indian as Participant in the Civil War" by Annie Heloise Abel
No presence was so welcome and inspiring at the camp fire or commandery as his.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, Volume IX." by Benjamin Harrison
But, in consequence of its recapture by the Araucanians, they reaped very little advantage from their commanderies.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. 5" by Robert Kerr
Do you know that the walls extended as far as the Commanderie?
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson" by Robert Louis Stevenson
One day a landsknecht, a handsome, well built fellow, tempted by the prospect of a good meal, came into the commandery.
"Bartholomew Sastrow" by Bartholomew Sastrow
The first society to arrive was the Knights Templars, Beausant Commandery of Baltimore.
"The Life and Public Services of James A. Garfield" by Emma Elizabeth Brown
The commanderies of the Teutonic order, and of that of Malta, at forty per cent.
"An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations" by Adam Smith
Ulloa was then reinstated in his commandery.
"The History of the Inquisition of Spain from the Time of its Establishment to the Reign of Ferdinand VII." by Juan Antonio Llorente
Bern had become the sole ruler over what were called the four commanderies of Aigle, Ormonts, Ollon, and Bex.
"A History of the Reformation (Vol. 2 of 2)" by Thomas M. Lindsay
Tom gave me a touch; it was the last; and he rushed through the Commandery gates.
"Johnny Ludlow, Third Series" by Mrs. Henry Wood
Mr. Preen drove on in silence until they were opposite the Commandery gates in the lower part of Sidbury.
"Johnny Ludlow, Sixth Series" by Mrs. Henry Wood
Don John was removed from command and sent to his commandery at Consuegra.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 4" by Various

In news:

The competition held last month before trade fair Vinexpo, is organized by the Commanderie du Bontemps, an association of 200 Medoc, Graves, Sauternes and Barsac chateaux , some of whose owners are judges.