Bar"o*ny (?), n.; pl. Baronies (). [OF. baronie, F. baronnie, LL. baronia. See Baron.]
The fee or domain of a baron; the lordship, dignity, or rank of a baron.
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.
© Webster 1913.