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commandery

[kuh-man-duh-ree, -mahn-] /kəˈmæn də ri, -ˈmɑn-/
noun, plural commanderies.
1.
the office or rank of a commander.
2.
the district of a commander.
3.
a district controlled by a commander of certain medieval orders of knights.
4.
a local branch or lodge of certain secret or fraternal orders.
Origin of commandery
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English. See commander, -y3
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