Definition of barony in English:

barony

noun

  • 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.’
    • ‘But Hamilton said: ‘Interestingly women seldom buy baronies.’’
    • ‘He estimates that only 10% of the estimated 2,500 barony titles held in Scotland are genuine.’
    • ‘At the root of the problem is nothing so mundane as access to the hills and glens but the booming industry in Scottish barony titles that sell on average for £55,000 each.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But was I the only one to be amused by the new laird's reasoning behind his decision to buy the Braemar barony and the Lordship of Kildrummy?’
    • ‘On the death of the incumbent baron in 1965, the title passed to Elizabeth / Ewan, who, by dint of a paper ‘sex change’, was now the male heir to the barony.’
    • ‘The present Lord MacDonald and Chief of Clan Donald - known as Godfrey - is totally nonplussed by the sale of the barony and has no plans to bid for the title.’
    • ‘All life Baronies are in the Peerage of the United Kingdom, and rank amongst hereditary Baronies in that Peerage (and each other) by date of creation.’
    • ‘Yorkshire-born Lady Clifford battled half her life to receive her inheritance of the baronies of Westmoreland and Skipton, and these family histories formed a strong part of her case to reclaim it.’
    • ‘Only land transactions will be registered - not the barony, leaving prospective buyers with no way to check the authenticity of the title they are being sold on official records.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But the socially aspirant who are struggling to secure a title by traditional means have a chance to boost their status this week - by buying a Scottish feudal Barony.’
  • 2historical (in Ireland) a division of a county.

    • ‘In a performance full of skill, passion and dogged determination the men in red and black ensured that the Mayo League crown became the latest resident of the ancient barony.’
    • ‘The monies accrued from the site could then be used to build proper infrastructure in the barony of Erris - a priority being the upgrading of the main Castlebar road.’
    • ‘Three candidates went forward for the honour of the first citizen of the barony.’
    • ‘Travels took the Elven company through two more baronies, and countless counties, manors and small towns along their way.’
    • ‘It has the potential to affect every man, woman and child in the barony for the good,’ he said.’
    • ‘One had to contend with the poor quality N5, N26 and N59 roads as well as the dangerous secondary routes through the barony of Erris itself.’
    • ‘Morris said the locations of five were certain: Shancough, Tawnagh, and Aghanagh in the barony of Tirerill; and Kilnamanagh and Kilaraght in Coolavin.’
    • ‘In the Gaelic football stronghold of Erris, local clubs Erris Utd, Bangor Hibs, Kilmore and Valley Rovers have performed miracles promoting soccer in the barony.’
    • ‘Fishing has long been the livelihood for families in Erris and earlier this month Belmullet natives returned to their roots with the sea angling festival attracting thousands to the barony of Erris.’
    • ‘It will be held for all schools in the barony on Tuesday night, December 7th in Dromore West Community Centre commencing at 8.30 pm.’
    • ‘Open air music and an exhibition of Irish dancing by the Troy School was greatly appreciated by many, and the children's art competition drew a huge response from schools in the barony.’
    • ‘The object of the venture is to capture the talent and songs of the barony, while at the same time raising some money for the development of Gaultier GAA club grounds.’
    • ‘‘It's a fantastic evening for Belmullet and it's a fantastic evening for the barony of Erris,’ he enthused.’
    • ‘Passage meet Ballyduff Upper in the County intermediate final at Walsh Park on Sunday next and the game is being eagerly looked forward to in the village and indeed around the barony.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One player from the barony was on the minor side that overcame Leitrim - Andrew McMunn of St Farnan's played at full-forward and scored three points.’
    • ‘The tragic death of Mr. Shane Fitzgerald, from Kilmacleague, Dunmore East, last week was felt all over the barony of Gall Tir including Passage and surrounding areas.’
    • ‘After Sligo's great fightback against Armagh at Croke Park last week it is expected that they will be another mass exodus of fans on Sunday next out of the barony to Navan for the replay.’
    • ‘It expected that at least three players from the barony will be re-named in the starting fifteen Noel McGuire, Dessie Sloyane of Easkey and Patrick Naughton of Castleconnor.’
    • ‘The £63,000 vehicle will enhance and improve the opportunities for people from all over the barony who use the centre for various courses and activities.’
  • 3historical (in Scotland) a large manor or estate.

    • ‘I named the barony estate that bordered the peasant villages.’
    • ‘You will be welcomed into Barony Castle, your base for a 2 night stay including dinner, wine, bed and breakfast’

Pronunciation

barony

/ˈbɛrəni//ˈberənē/