from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.