One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A member of the squirearchy.
- ‘He appears as a ‘squirearch’, a man of standing in Megara, but subject to criticism and hostility, eventually betrayed by those he trusted, dispossessed of his estates in a civic upheaval, and forced into exile, where he dreams of revenge.’
- ‘Like one of Henry Fielding's squirearchs, Noel planted his library not in some clattering urban center, but in his serene country seat.’
- ‘Though there were some mutterings from the squirearchs, Eccles was widely applauded for trying to shift Tory emphasis from ‘inheritors of wealth’ to ‘creators of wealth.’’
Mid 19th century: back-formation from squirearchy, on the pattern of words such as monarch.
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