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n. pl. yeo·man·ries
1. The class of yeomen; farmers of small freeholds.
2. A British volunteer cavalry force organized in 1761 to serve as a home guard and later incorporated into the Territorial Army.


1. (Historical Terms) yeomen collectively
2. (Historical Terms) (in Britain) a volunteer cavalry force, organized in 1761 for home defence: merged into the Territorial Army in 1907


(ˈyoʊ mən ri)

1. yeomen collectively.
2. a British volunteer cavalry force, formed in 1761.


 yeomen collectively, 1375; a volunteer force.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.yeomanry - class of small freeholders who cultivated their own land
social class, socio-economic class, stratum, class - people having the same social, economic, or educational status; "the working class"; "an emerging professional class"
2.yeomanry - a British volunteer cavalry force organized in 1761 for home defense later incorporated into the Territorial Army
home guard - a volunteer unit formed to defend the homeland while the regular army is fighting elsewhere
Territorial Army - British unit of nonprofessional soldiers organized for the defense of Great Britain


[ˈjəʊmənrɪ] N
1. (= landowners) → pequeños propietarios mpl, terratenientes mpl rurales
2. (Brit) (Mil) → caballería f voluntaria


(Hist) → Freibauernschaft f, → Freibauernstand m
(Mil) freiwillige Kavallerietruppe
References in classic literature ?
The yeomanry had risen upon the invaders and driven them back."
He was an officer in the Hertfordshire Yeomanry and chairman of the Conservative Association.
The yeomanry are precisely the order of people with whom I feel I can have nothing to do.
Says the old ballad--it was a seemly sight to see how Robin Hood himself had dressed, and all his yeomanry. He clothed his men in Lincoln green, and himself in scarlet red, with hats of black and feathers white to bravely deck each head.
"Thou art come in good time, thou and all thy brave yeomanry."
To oblige the great body of the yeomanry, and of the other classes of the citizens, to be under arms for the purpose of going through military exercises and evolutions, as often as might be necessary to acquire the degree of perfection which would entitle them to the character of a well-regulated militia, would be a real grievance to the people, and a serious public inconvenience and loss.
* The destruction of the Roman yeomanry proceeded far less rapidly than the destruction of the American farmers and small capitalists.
Her lord, painted at the same time by Lawrence, as waving his sabre in front of Bareacres Castle, and clothed in his uniform as Colonel of the Thistlewood Yeomanry, was a withered, old, lean man in a greatcoat and a Brutus wig, slinking about Gray's Inn of mornings chiefly and dining alone at clubs.
Neither is that state (which, for any thing I know, is almost peculiar to England, and hardly to be found anywhere else, except it be perhaps in Poland) to be passed over; I mean the state of free servants, and attendants upon noblemen and gentlemen; which are no ways inferior unto the yeomanry for arms.
So we went on for a few of those dark days, Raffles very glum and grim, till one fine morning the Yeomanry idea put new heart into us all.
A narrow space, betwixt these galleries and the lists, gave accommodation for yeomanry and spectators of a better degree than the mere vulgar, and might be compared to the pit of a theatre.
A visit to Reading or Abingdon twice a year, at assizes or quarter sessions, which the Squire made on his horse with a pair of saddle-bags containing his wardrobe, a stay of a day or two at some country neighbour's, or an expedition to a county ball or the yeomanry review, made up the sum of the Brown locomotion in most years.