Definition of squirearchy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈskwaɪərɑːki//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskwaɪərɑːrki//
[countable + singular or plural verb]
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(in the past in England) the people of high social status who owned large areas of land, considered as a social or political group Word Originlate 18th cent.: from squire, on the pattern of words such as hierarchy.