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Dictionary Definition

barony

Noun

1 the estate of a baron
2 the rank or dignity or position of a baronet or baroness [syn: baronetcy]
3 the domain of a baron

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English

Noun

  1. A dominion ruled by a baron or baroness, often part of a larger kingdom or empire.
  2. A medieval land measure equal to 4000 acres (100 hides).

Translations

a dominion ruled by a baron or baroness

Extensive Definition

A barony is an administrative division of a country, usually of lower rank and importance than a county. Countries or their counties can include baronies. Originally, a barony was the land subject to a baron. Just as counties are no longer necessarily connected with a noble earl or count, there are baronies which are not connected with a baron anymore.
Instances include:

See also

  • Moot hill The principal residence in law of a barony.
barony in Danish: Baroni
barony in Hungarian: Báróság (közigazgatási egység)
barony in Swedish: Baroni
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