acreocracy

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From acre +‎ -ocracy.

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Noun[edit]

acreocracy

  1. Important landowners, considered as a class.
    • 1876, John Bateman, (title):
      The Acre-ocracy of England: A list of all owners of three thousand acres and upwards.
    • 2005, Russell Davies, Hope and Heartbreak, page 93:
      This acreocracy, like all Welsh social groups, was deeply riven with profound internal divisions.
  2. The land owned by such people.
    • 2013, Philipp Meyer, The Son, Simon & Schuster 2014, p. 13:
      We'd been two years on our Pedernales acreocracy, not far from Fredericksburg, when our neighbor had two horses stolen in broad daylight.