Commandery Com*mand"er*y, n.; pl. {Commanderies}. [F. commanderie.] 1. The office or rank of a commander. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

2. A district or a manor with lands and tenements appertaining thereto, under the control of a member of an order of knights who was called a commander; -- called also a {preceptory}. [1913 Webster]

3. An assembly or lodge of Knights Templars (so called) among the Freemasons. [U. S.] [1913 Webster]

4. A district under the administration of a military commander or governor. [R.] --Brougham. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Preceptory — Pre*cep to*ry (?; 277), a. Preceptive. A law preceptory. Anderson (1573). [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Preceptory — Pre*cep to*ry, n.; pl. {Preceptories}. [LL. praeceptoria an estate assigned to a preceptor, from L. praeceptor a commander, ruler, teacher, in LL., procurator, administrator among the Knights Templars. See {Preceptor}.] A religious house of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • preceptory — [prē sep′tə rē, prisep′tə rē] n. pl. preceptories [ML praeceptoria, estate of a preceptor < L praeceptor: see PRECEPT] 1. a provincial community or religious house of the medieval Knights Templars, subordinate to the London Temple 2. its… …   English World dictionary

  • Preceptory — A Preceptory was historically the headquarters of the various orders of Christian Knights, such as the Knights Hospitaller and Templar, within a given geographic area. Governed by a Preceptor, who was answerable to the Grand Master of the… …   Wikipedia

  • preceptory — tərē noun ( es) Etymology: Medieval Latin praeceptoria, from praeceptor preceptor (among the Knights Templars) + Latin ia y more at preceptor 1. a. : a subordinate house or community of the Knights Templars established on one of the provincial… …   Useful english dictionary

  • preceptory — noun /prɪˈsɛptəri/ A community of the Knights Templar, or the physical buildings or estate of such a community. , 1819: “The most petty baron may arrest, try, and condemn a witch found within his own domain. And shall that power be denied to the… …   Wiktionary

  • preceptory — noun (plural ries) Date: 1540 1. a subordinate house or community of the Knights Templars; broadly commandery 1 2. commandery 2 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • preceptory — /pri sep teuh ree, pree sep /, n., pl. preceptories. a subordinate house or community of the Knights Templars; commandery. [1530 40; < ML praeceptoria. See PRECEPTOR, Y3] * * * …   Universalium

  • Preceptory — monastic house of the order of Templars …   Medieval glossary

  • preceptory — pre·cep·to·ry …   English syllables

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