Definition of squirearchy in English:

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squirearchy

Pronunciation: /ˈskwī(ə)ˌrärkē/

noun (plural squirearchies)

Landowners collectively, especially when considered as a class having political or social influence.
Example sentences
  • Against this, Disraeli wanted to make the Tories into a ‘national party’, representing all classes rather than just the bloated squirearchy.
  • They left the British Isles, a place that had a Parliament that was ruled by the squirearchy - people who had enough money to ensure they had the time and ability to be in Parliament.
  • The class of small thegns had broadened into a rural squirearchy, and Domesday Book shows that in 1066 England contained hundreds of manorial lords.

Origin

Late 18th century: from squire, on the pattern of words such as hierarchy.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: squire·ar·chy

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