Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The landed gentry considered as a group or class.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun The squires themselves collectively.

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  • noun the land-owning gentry

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the gentry who own land (considered as a class)

Etymologies

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squire +‎ -archy

Examples

  • 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.

    The Purcell Papers — Volume 2

  • 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".

    For Love of Laissez-Faire

  • 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.

    Northern Ireland - The Way Ahead

  • Cameron to go to war with Tory 'squirearchy' who claimed swimming pools, helipad, chandelier ... and ...

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  • Cameron to go to war with Tory 'squirearchy' who claimed swimming pools, helipad, chandelier ... and ...

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  • Cameron to go to war with Tory 'squirearchy' who claimed swimming pools, helipad, chandelier ... and ...

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  • We Palinodes have carried one kind of squirearchy to its ridiculous conclusion, that’s all.

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  • We Palinodes have carried one kind of squirearchy to its ridiculous conclusion, that’s all.

    More Work for the Undertaker

  • It is this ‘squirearchy’ that most resembles the situation in the Shire at the time of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

    superversive: Gondor, Byzantium, and Feudalism

  • 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.

    The Invisible Man – review

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