Definition of stannary in English:

stannary

Line breaks: stan|nary
Pronunciation: /ˈstan(ə)ri
 
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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’.

Origin

late Middle English: from medieval Latin stannaria (plural), from late Latin stannum 'tin'.

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