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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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 for squirearchy

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