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)
From all that I could gather from her, I was led to suppose that he was a specimen of the idle, coarse-mannered, profligate, low-minded 'squirearchy' -- a result which might naturally have flowed from the circumstance of his being, as it were, outlawed from society, and driven for companionship to grades below his own -- enjoying, too, the dangerous prerogative of spending much money.
Free trade was never the French cup of tea, but Bastiat was determined to import the success of Richard Cobden's crusade against the tariffs that protected the grain-growing British squirearchy a.k.a., the "corn laws".
The fact that he ascended to the leadership of the Ulster Unionists was something of an upset, since he is not of the Anglo-Irish "squirearchy" that for generations has controlled unionism in Northern Ireland.
Cameron to go to war with Tory 'squirearchy' who claimed swimming pools, helipad, chandelier ... and ...
We Palinodes have carried one kind of squirearchy to its ridiculous conclusion, that’s all.
It is this ‘squirearchy’ that most resembles the situation in the Shire at the time of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
Maria Friedman makes the innkeeper the epitome of narrow-minded prejudice, Jo Stone-Fewings embodies the idiocy of the local squirearchy and Teddy Kempner is the boobyish village bobby.
So therewe are; the impoverished squirearchy can sleep sound tonight: the Labour partyis onlyinterested if you're nouveau riche - how gloriously snobby.
The Enlightenment collides with the squirearchy in this Regency novel set in a Welsh manor over Christmas.
But if Mr. Lampton was born to anything, it was the actuarial tables, not the squirearchy.