- 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
She looks higher, and she has a right to look higher than to be the wife of an Irish squireen.'Lord Kilgobbin
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
- rare a petty squire
C19: from squire + -een, Anglo-Irish diminutive suffix, from Irish Gaelic -ín