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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Behind the spin, David Cameron is as much a member of the grasping Tory squirearchy as any MP with a moat.
Young-Zook attributes Merlin's entrapment to the gentle Elaine rather than Vivien, and avers as a point of departure that Tennyson had a "titled grandfather" who along with his grandson was "part of the squirearchy that had ruled England for centuries" (p.
It appears that the author's grandfather, Antoine-Alexandre Davy de la Pailleterie, was a scion of the Norman squirearchy, lords of the manor since the sixteenth century, though otherwise undistinguished.
But much of what he wrote on Ireland was negative; Barry Lyndon vilifies the Irish squirearchy in the person of the arch-liar, criminal, womanizing Redmond Barry, while The Irish Sketch Book alienated Irish readers.
During the 1920s and 30s he was the leader of a clique of Georgian writers, who, violently opposed by Bloomsbury and the Sitwells, were christened with contumely the Squirearchy.