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squirarchy

[skwahyuh r-ahr-kee]
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noun, plural squir·ar·chies.
  1. squirearchy.
Related formssquir·ar·chal, squir·ar·chi·cal, adjective

squirearchy

or squir·ar·chy

[skwahyuh r-ahr-kee]
noun, plural squire·ar·chies.
  1. the collective body of squires or landed gentry of a country.
  2. the social, economic, and political class formed by the landed gentry.

Origin of squirearchy

First recorded in 1795–1805; squire + -archy
Related formssquire·ar·chal, squire·ar·chi·cal, adjective
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Examples from the Web for squirarchy

Historical Examples

  • Anything that hurt the ruck, made them more work or injured them in any way, was sport for the squirarchy.

    The Buttoned Sky

    Geoff St. Reynard


British Dictionary definitions for squirarchy

squirearchy

squirarchy

noun plural -chies
  1. government by squires
  2. squires collectively, esp as a political or social force
Derived Formssquirearchal, squirarchal, squirearchical or squirarchical, adjective

Word Origin

C19: from squire + -archy, on the model of hierarchy, monarchy, etc
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