from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The landed gentry considered as a group or class.
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- n. the land-owning gentry
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In England, government by the squires, or “country gentlemen”—that is, the large landed proprietors, most of whom are justices of the peace, and who, before the Reform Bill of 1832, and to a certain extent after it, had great influence in the House of Commons.
- n. The squires themselves collectively.
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- n. the gentry who own land (considered as a class)
squire + -archy (Wiktionary)