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Bar"o*ny (?), n.; pl. Baronies (). [OF. baronie, F. baronnie, LL. baronia. See Baron.]

1.

The fee or domain of a baron; the lordship, dignity, or rank of a baron.

2.

In Ireland, a territorial division, corresponding nearly to the English hundred, and supposed to have been originally the district of a native chief. There are 252 of these baronies. In Scotland, an extensive freehold. It may be held by a commoner.

Brande & C.

 

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