noun (plural baronies)
1The rank and estates of a baron.
- 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.
- 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.
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