yeomanry

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From yeoman +‎ -ry

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

yeomanry (plural yeomanries)

  1. A class of small freeholders who cultivated their own land.
    • Bancroft
      The enfranchised yeomanry began to feel an instinct for dominion.
  2. A British volunteer cavalry force organized in 1761 for home defense later incorporated into the Territorial Army.

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