Definition of stannary in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈstan(ə)ri/

noun (plural stannaries)

(usually the stannaries) British , chiefly historical
A tin-mining district in Cornwall or Devon.
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'.

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