• 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

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.