What is dominion?

  • (noun): One of the self-governing nations in the British Commonwealth.
    See also — Additional definitions below


Dominions were autonomous polities that were nominally under British sovereignty, constituting the British Empire and British Commonwealth, beginning in the latter part of the 19th century. They have included (at varying times) Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Newfoundland, the Union of South Africa, and the Irish Free State. Over the decades after 1930, the British dominions each became independent of the United Kingdom. Those that became sovereign constitutional monarchies within the Commonwealth of Nations and maintained as their own the same royal house and royal succession from before independence became known as Commonwealth realms; others soon became republics, ending their status as dominions.

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Dominion, Nova Scotia - History
... In the eighteenth century, Dominion was part of a larger area called L’Indienne (Anglicized to “Lingan”) ... When the Town of Dominion was incorporated in 1906, the area became known officially as Dominion and unofficially as Old Bridgeport Bridgeport was reduced to a small border section between ... In 1830, the General Mining Association opened a colliery at Dominion ...

More definitions of "dominion":

  • (noun): Dominance or power through legal authority.
    Example: "France held undisputed dominion over vast areas of Africa"
    Synonyms: rule

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