• WordNet 3.6
    • n seigniory the position and authority of a feudal lord
    • n seigniory the estate of a seigneur
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Seigniory The power or authority of a lord; dominion. "O'Neal never had any seigniory over that country but what by encroachment he got upon the English."
    • Seigniory The territory over which a lord holds jurisdiction; a manor.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n seigniory Lordship; power or authority as sovereign lord; jurisdiction; power.
    • n seigniory Preëminence; precedence.
    • n seigniory A principality or province; a domain.
    • n seigniory The elders who constituted the municipal council in a medieval Italian republic.
    • n seigniory A lordship without a manor, or of a manor in which all the lands were held by free tenants: more specifically called a seigniory in gross.
    • seigniory To exercise lordship over; be lord of.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Seigniory the power or authority of a seignior or lord: a domain, a lordship without a manor, or that of manor whose lands were held by free tenants: the elders forming the municipal council in a medieval Italian republic
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. seignorie, OF. seigneurie, F. seigneurie,; cf. It. signoria,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. seigneur—L. seniorsenex, old. In Late. L. senior is sometimes equivalent to dominus, lord.


In literature:

The seigniory, the county, the duchy becomes a patrimony which is loved through a blind instinct, and to which all are devoted.
"The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 1 (of 6)" by Hippolyte A. Taine
Cadillac, founder of Detroit, having struck at it, presently lost his seigniory and his fortunes.
"Myths And Legends Of Our Own Land, Complete" by Charles M. Skinner
The seigniorial state in which Pierre Grignon lived became at once evident.
"Lazarre" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
The third part is called Xicoum, and contains 4 kingdoms or seigniories.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898: Volume XVII, 1609-1616" by Various
In 1687 he was, apparently, in need of money, and he resolved to sell two-thirds of his interest in the seigniory of Malbaie.
"A Canadian Manor and Its Seigneurs" by George M. Wrong
The mountains which we were approaching seemed quite near, and I knew that beyond them lay the seigniory.
"Jacqueline of Golden River" by H. M. Egbert
This was named the Seigniory of Notre Dame des Anges.
"The Makers of Canada: Champlain" by N. E. Dionne
This system of holding land came to be known as Seigniorial Tenure.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: History" by Ontario Ministry of Education
La Salle's old thatch-roofed seigniory lay not far back from the water.
"Pathfinders of the West" by A. C. Laut
And it is a great seigniory.
"The Lady of Fort St. John" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
The seigniorial rights, including that of coining money, belonged to the bishops.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
John a Cleeve lay on his bed in the guest-room of the Seigniory, listening to the sound of the distant falls.
"Fort Amity" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
What will you in your indifferent opinions allow me for my trauell, no more seigniorie ouer the Pages than I had before?
"The Unfortunate Traveller, or The Life Of Jack Wilton" by Thomas Nash
This was the beginning of that seigniorial tenure which lasted for two centuries and a quarter.
"Canada" by J. G. Bourinot
There remain five deniers of this seigniory.
"The Pilgrim's Shell or Fergan the Quarryman" by Eugène Sue
I am vested with low and high judicial powers in my seigniory.
"The Blacksmith's Hammer, or The Peasant Code" by Eugène Sue
There are few seigniories which produce at present the revenue that Absalom derived from his head.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 9 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
The cost was to be his own; and he had no money, having spent it all on his seigniory.
"The Canadian Portrait Gallery - Volume 3 (of 4)" by John Charles Dent
Besides the royal taxes, seigniorial imposts survived under the form of tolls and market dues.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 8" by Various
One of the most famous seigniories in Canada was that of the Le Moyne family.
"The Colonization of North America" by Herbert Eugene Bolton