commandery

[kuh-man-duh-ree, -mahn-]
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:
1400–50; late Middle English. See commander, -y3

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commandery

noun
the position or office of commander [syn: commandership
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Here the throng is almost impenetrable at times and the enthusiasm is increased with ev ery fresh arrival of a commandery.
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