yeomanry

noun yeo·man·ry \ ˈyō-mən-rē \

Definition of yeomanry

1 : the body of yeomen; specifically : the body of small landed proprietors of the middle class
2 : a British volunteer cavalry force created from yeomen in 1761 as a home defense force and reorganized in 1907 as part of the territorial force

First Known Use of yeomanry

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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