Definition of barony in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈberənē/

noun (plural baronies)

1The rank and estates of a baron.
Example sentences
  • As baronies survived after 1747, it is still possible to buy laird status with an estate which is a barony.
  • The titles are popular with overseas buyers of Scots extraction who like to see their names and baronies on official registries, especially the ancient Register of Sasines in Edinburgh.
  • Seats went to archbishops and bishops of the province's twenty-three dioceses, owners of twenty-three baronies, and sixty-eight deputies of the Third Estate.
2 historical (In Ireland) a division of a county.
Example sentences
  • It was the Anglo Normans who introduced counties and baronies and understandably the names applied to these new area divisions were for the most part indicative of their non Irish origins.
  • Travels took the Elven company through two more baronies, and countless counties, manors and small towns along their way.
  • Three candidates went forward for the honour of the first citizen of the barony.
3 historical (In Scotland) a large manor or estate.
Example sentences
  • I named the barony estate that bordered the peasant villages.
  • You will be welcomed into Barony Castle, your base for a 2 night stay including dinner, wine, bed and breakfast

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Syllabification: bar·o·ny

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