knight of the shire
Definition of knight of the shire
knights of the shire
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 : 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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