squirarchy

[skwahyuh r-ahr-kee]
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noun, plural squir·ar·chies.


Nearby words

  1. squinny,
  2. squint,
  3. squint-eyed,
  4. squinting modifier,
  5. squinty,
  6. squircle,
  7. squire,
  8. squirearch,
  9. squirearchy,
  10. squiredom

Related formssquir·ar·chal, squir·ar·chi·cal, adjective

squirearchy

or squir·ar·chy

[skwahyuh r-ahr-kee]

noun, plural squire·ar·chies.

the collective body of squires or landed gentry of a country.
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

  • 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

government by squires
squires collectively, esp as a political or social force
Derived Formssquirearchal, squirarchal, squirearchical or squirarchical, adjective

Word Origin for squirearchy

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

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