Meaning of signory in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsiːnjəri/

nounplural noun signories

  • 1

    another term for seigniory

    ‘In the meantime, Giovanni Toriglia, the Governor of Ischia, took advantage of the help he offered to Giovanni of Anjou and sacked Procida, the signory of which had been promised to him.’
    • ‘Venice retained the essential positions of her colonial empire in the Levant, Negrepont and Crete, and the strong citadels of Modon and Coron; her patrician families kept most of their signories in the Archipelago, as did the other Latin states in Greece which were products of the Crusade.’
    • ‘Each county consisted of eight signories, one for each proprietor, eight baronies, four given to the county landgrave and two to each of its two cassiques, and four precincts of six colonies each for the others.’
    • ‘It is assumed that the inspiration for the design of the manor came from Italian Late Gothic, above all urban towered signories and French Renaissance, specially the Renaissance Castles on the Loire.’
    • ‘What were they really like to live in, those walled and towered cities of hill and plain, those republics and signories of thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Italy?’
  • 2 historical The governing body of a medieval Italian republic.

    ‘The signory of Venice can, with all its force pay for 10,000 horsemen skilled in arms at home, and 5,000 abroad.’
    • ‘Very important were the relationships with Venice and with the signories of Malatesta and De Polenta, before the dominion of Papal State, from 1509 to 1859.’
    • ‘Of medieval origin, it was long contested by various signories before, in 1442, together with nearby Carrara coming under the Malaspinas of Fosdinovo, later succeeded by the Cybo Malaspinas.’
    • ‘The age of the comunes gave way to the age of the signories when Brescia came under the control of a succession of powerful families, including the Angioni, Visconti and Malatestas.’
    • ‘The rule of the earls and the dukes of Urbino triggered a period of civil and cultural development that became apparent during the signory of Federico di Montefeltro.’


    Influenced by Italian signoria.