noun (plural stannaries)(usually the stannaries) British, chiefly historical
A tin-mining district in Cornwall or Devon.
More example sentences
- King John's charter of 1201 empowered the lord warden of the stannaries to try all cases except land, life, or limb.
- Tinners were required to take their metal to a stannary town, where the tin was weighed and stamped, and duty paid on it.
- The stannaries ‘profoundly influenced the manner in which the crown was perceived by ordinary people in the Tudor south-west’.
late Middle English: from medieval Latin stannaria (plural), from late Latin stannum 'tin'.
Definition of stannary in:
- The US English dictionary