knight of the shire

noun

Definition of knight of the shire

plural

knights of the shire

  1. 1 :  a knight selected by the freeholders to represent a shire in the House of Commons especially in medieval times the knight of the shire was the connecting link between the baron and the shopkeeper — T. B. Macaulay

  2. 2 :  a parliamentary representative from a shire or county as distinguished from a representative of a city or a borough the number of knights of the shire was increased to 159 — T. E. May

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Origin and Etymology of knight of the shire

Middle English


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