squirearchy
also squirarchy noun (plural -chies) Date: 1796 the class of landed gentry or landed proprietors

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  • squirearchy — [skwīr′är kē] n. [ SQUIRE + ARCHY, after HIERARCHY] country gentry or landed proprietors collectively: also sp. squirarchy …   English World dictionary

  • squirearchy — Squirarchy Squir arch*y ( [y^]), n. [Squire + archy.] The gentlemen, or gentry, of a country, collectively. [Written also {squirearchy}.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • squirearchy — squirearchal, squirearchical, adj. /skwuyeur ahr kee/, n., pl. squirearchies. 1. the collective body of squires or landed gentry of a country. 2. the social, economic, and political class formed by the landed gentry. Also, squirarchy. [1795 1805; …   Universalium

  • squirearchy — noun The land owning gentry …   Wiktionary

  • squirearchy — government by squires Forms of Government …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • squirearchy — squire·ar·chy || skwaɪərɑːkɪ n. squirarchy, main rural landowners as a group, class of landed proprietors; gentry of a country (in a collective manner) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • squirearchy — [ skwʌɪəˌrα:ki] noun (plural squirearchies) landowners collectively. Derivatives squirearch noun squirearchical adjective Origin C18: from squire, on the pattern of words such as hierarchy …   English new terms dictionary

  • squirearchy — squire·ar·chy …   English syllables

  • squirearchy — squire•ar•chy or squir•ar•chy [[t]ˈskwaɪər ɑr ki[/t]] n. pl. chies gov the class of squires or landed gentry of a country • Etymology: 1795–1805 …   From formal English to slang

  • squirearchy — Rulership by the landed gentry …   Grandiloquent dictionary

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