noun (plural squirearchies)
Landowners collectively, especially when considered as a class having political or social influence.
- 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.
Late 18th century: from squire, on the pattern of words such as hierarchy.
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