squireen

[skwahy-reen]
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noun Chiefly Irish English.

the landowner of a small estate; a squire of a small domain.

Origin of squireen

1800–10; squire + -een diminutive suffix < Irish -ín
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Examples from the Web for squireen

Historical Examples of squireen

  • She looks higher, and she has a right to look higher than to be the wife of an Irish squireen.'

    Lord Kilgobbin

    Charles Lever

  • He had been christened Edmund, and he was a squireen of the Tipperary village of Knockbrit.

    Superwomen

    Albert Payson Terhune

  • The class of squireen is nearly extinct: 'Joy be with them.'

  • Sometimes you can hardly distinguish a squireen from a half-sir or from a shoneen.

  • But the honest, well-to-do farmer had at once too much pride and sagacity to sink into the Squireen.

    Bits of Blarney

    R. Shelton Mackenzie


British Dictionary definitions for squireen

squireen

squireling (ˈskwaɪəlɪŋ)

noun

rare a petty squire

Word Origin for squireen

C19: from squire + -een, Anglo-Irish diminutive suffix, from Irish Gaelic -ín
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