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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Commandery  \Com*mand"er*y\,  n.;  pl  {Commanderies}.  [F. 
  1.  The  office  or  rank  of  a  commander.  [Obs.] 
  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}. 
  3.  An  assembly  or  lodge  of  Knights  Templars  (so  called)  among 
  the  Freemasons.  [U.  S.] 
  4.  A  district  under  the  administration  of  a  military 
  commander  or  governor.  [R.]  --Brougham.