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  • n. A person who is half squire, half farmer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who is half squire and half farmer; -- used humorously.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Ireland, a small landed proprietor: usually contemptuous.


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  • "squireen" class as of no importance on either side of the question -- he has almost certainly settlements and probably mortgages on his estate.

    Disturbed Ireland Being the Letters Written During the Winter of 1880-81.

  • Nor did he spare, in this wide-ranging book, to bring in other favorite matters of his, the hobereau — or squireen — aristocracy, the tittle-tattle of the country town and so forth.

    Lost Illusions

  • But for my own merits I should have been a raw Irish squireen such as those I saw swaggering about the wretched towns through which my chariot passed on its road to Dublin.

    The Memoires of Barry Lyndon

  • But I liked the place for the romance of its two ruined castles facing one another across a little lake, Castle Dargan and Castle Fury.114 The squireen lived in a small house his family had moved to from their castle some time in the eighteenth century, and two old Miss Furys, who let lodgings in Sligo, were the last remnants of the breed of the other ruin.

    Collected Works of W. B. Yeats Volume III Autobiographies

  • Sometimes I would ride to Castle Dargan, where lived a brawling squireen, married to one of my Middleton cousins,113 and once I went thither on a visit with my cousin, George Middleton.

    Collected Works of W. B. Yeats Volume III Autobiographies

  • I felt a strange and insurmountable reluctance to hear the sickening particulars detailed; and as I stood irresolute at some distance from the principal parties, a top-booted squireen, with a hunting whip in his hand, bustling up to a companion of his, exclaimed:

    The Purcell Papers

  • It was this renaissance that gave the death-blow to the squireen type of phoney Irish writing which created that charmingly-inane myth wearing a "caubeen", smoking a "dudheen", long upper-lipped, with shamrocks growing from his ears-the stage Irishman.

    The Irish Mind

  • Except, however, in the case of the larger landed proprietors, the everyday life of the Southern Russian bears a strong resemblance to that of the Irish squireen.

    Russia As Seen and Described by Famous Writers

  • There was very little comfort in the appearance of this establishment; yet the good dame had a side-saddle, hung on a peg in one of the apartments, which would not have disgraced the lady of an Irish squireen.

    A Ramble of Six Thousand Miles through the United States of America

  • It is like the Irish peasant-girl who has seen the palace of the king of the fairies; she describes you something akin to the greatest magnificence she knows, -- which happens to be the house of the local _squireen.

    The Crest-Wave of Evolution A Course of Lectures in History, Given to the Graduates' Class in the Raja-Yoga College, Point Loma, in the College-Year 1918-19


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  • Christmas was always the worst season. During that dread week he made copious use of wine and narcotics and his inflamed face shone like the florid squireens depicted in the cards that littered the house.

    - E. Waugh, The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold, ch. 2

    February 22, 2009