One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Chiefly in medieval and early modern Wales: the position or office of a sergeant or bailiff; = ringild, "ringildship". In later use: or the region administered by a sergeant or bailiff.
Late 15th century. From post-classical Latin ringilderia, ringildria from ringildus sergeant + classical Latin -eria. Compare Welsh rhingyllaeth sergeantship, ringildry. Compare earlier ringildie and ringildship, and also ringild.
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