yeomanry

[yoh-muh n-ree]
noun
  1. yeomen collectively.
  2. a British volunteer cavalry force, formed in 1761, originally composed largely of yeomen, that became part of the British Territorial Army in 1907.

Origin of yeomanry

1325–75; Middle English yemanry; see yeoman, -ry
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yeomanry

noun
  1. yeomen collectively
  2. (in Britain) a volunteer cavalry force, organized in 1761 for home defence: merged into the Territorial Army in 1907
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Word Origin and History for yeomanry
n.

late 14c., from yeoman + -ry.

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