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squirearchy

[skwahyuh r-ahr-kee] /ˈskwaɪər ɑr ki/
noun, plural 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.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; squire + -archy
Related forms
squirearchal, squirearchical, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for squirearchy

squirearchy

/ˈskwaɪəˌrɑːkɪ/
noun (pl) -chies
1.
government by squires
2.
squires collectively, esp as a political or social force
Derived Forms
squirearchal, squirarchal, squirearchical, squirarchical, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from squire + -archy, on the model of hierarchy, monarchy, etc
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