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From Medieval Latin castellania, from Latin castellānus.

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castellany (plural castellanies)

  1. (historical) The office of a castellan, the lordship of a castle.
    • 1848 September, “Jacques van Artevelde (commonly called "the brewer of Ghent.")”, in The Gentleman's Magazine[1], page 250:
      The complaints and remonstrances of the Communes were loud and indignant, and they demanded the restitution of the castellanies of Lille and Douai, which had been wrested from them by force and treachery.
    • 2015, Jeff Fynn-Paul, The Rise and Decline of an Iberian Bourgeoisie[2]:
      Yet the consellers' main concern was not this, so much as the fact that a number of Manresan citizens held certain franquitates, which included feudal dues, rents, or lands held in allod, within the disputed castellanies.
  2. (historical) The jurisdiction of a castellan, the district controled by a castle.
    • 2008, Piotr Gorecki, Parishes, Tithes, and Society in Earlier Medieval Poland C. 1100-C. 1250[3], page 99:
      Inhabitants of the castellany of Bytom were classified according to status, ethnicity, and implicitly geographic mobility and recent resettlement.

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