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or squir·ar·chy (skwīr′är′kē)
n. pl. squire·ar·chies or squir·ar·chies
The landed gentry considered as a group or class.


(ˈskwaɪəˌrɑːkɪ) or


n, pl -chies
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) government by squires
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) squires collectively, esp as a political or social force
[C19: from squire + -archy, on the model of hierarchy, monarchy, etc]
squireˈarchal, squirˈarchal, squireˈarchical, squirˈarchical adj


or squir•ar•chy

(ˈskwaɪər ɑr ki)

n., pl. -chies.
the class of squires or landed gentry of a country.


In Britain. the squires or landed gentry as a class.
See also: Society
the squires or landed gentry as a class.
See also: England
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.squirearchy - the gentry who own land (considered as a class)
gentry, aristocracy - the most powerful members of a society


[ˈskwaɪərɑːkɪ] Naristocracia f rural, terratenientes mpl


nGutsbesitzer pl, → ˜ Landjunkertum nt (Hist)
References in classic literature ?
In Germany they fight with the bourgeoisie whenever it acts in a revolutionary way, against the absolute monarchy, the feudal squirearchy, and the petty bourgeoisie.
It gives a broad overview of the development of the English country house from the Middle Ages to the mid-twentieth century and includes mention of their owners from the squirearchy to the aristocracy.
In the absence of the aristocracy who were followed hotfoot by the educated, professional and administrative classes (the first and most U of the London Welsh), a decaying squirearchy and an impoverished peasantry were left far behind.
It was just possible, before the election, to imagine that the broken economy would incite the white-collar coastal squirearchy to put down the glass of Merlot and join forces with toothless Appalachia itself to restore fiscal sanity in Washington," Beran writes, implying both that he's not part of the elite and that he--a scholar at the Manhattan Institute, contributor to The New Yorker, and graduate of Columbia, Cambridge, and Yale Law School --wouldn't dare drink something as pedestrian as Merlot (perhaps, as I do, he prefers Pinot Noir).
When Jacek curls his mustaches, the squirearchy wince; The man he knots his whisker on has cause to dread the day,
These people were central to the squirearchy that ruled rural Britain until the Reform Act of 1832.
An interesting side to jump jockeys' private lives is that they are always run to earth by well-heeled girls from the English squirearchy.
It was a proper balancing and checking of the several classes competent to exercise political influence--the crown, the peerage, the squirearchy, the middle classes, the old towns and the universities of the realm," Kirk wrote.
The station's highly detailed records provide valuable insights into the significant contribution all these hitherto largely unacknowledged workers made to the economic and social success not only of European workmen's families but also of the paternalist squirearchy on which they worked.
On the ecclesiastical scale, assistant pastors barely ranked above the laity, and even the pastor, though a member of the squirearchy, was pretty close to the bottom of a long totem pole that began in Rome and ran through "408" (as it was known from its house number), the archbishop's residence.
Second, the play reflects in the character of Peter Parchment the rise of a new middling profession of legal agents--scriveners, notaries, attorneys, and solicitors who became essential to the lives of a squirearchy who were becoming emboldened with political power.
Popular opinion has it that most HS2 opponents are the super-wealthy from Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire villages close to the proposed route for the 225 mph trains - the well-heeled Squirearchy, as Birmingham Airport's director of government Affairs, John Morris put it.