- 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
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Examples from the Web for squirearchy
Not, indeed, that the squirearchy then present were at all disposed to regret Maitland's absence.Tony Butler
Charles James Lever
But the baronage or squirearchy of the country were of another mind.
But the Baronage or Squirearchy of the country were of another mind.History Of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. III. (of XXI.)
This lowly lad fought the forces of "Squirearchy and Hierarchy."The War After the War
Isaac Frederick Marcosson
Such was more or less the universal humor in the squirearchy of Brandenburg; not of good omen to Burggraf Friedrich.
- government by squires
- squires collectively, esp as a political or social force
C19: from squire + -archy, on the model of hierarchy, monarchy, etc
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