yeo·​man·​ry | \ ˈyō-mən-rē How to pronounce yeomanry (audio) \

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

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Recent Examples on the Web In some ways this affluent proletariat viewed itself as a kind of modern yeomanry — willing to serve the country in war, but anxious to live self-sufficiently and among equals. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Service Jobs and Democracy," 16 Aug. 2019 Research by Robert Allen, an economic historian at New York University Abu Dhabi, concludes that the big, capitalist estates which resulted from enclosure were not much more productive than common land farmed by the yeomanry. The Economist, "The alternatives to privatisation and nationalisation," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of yeomanry

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Yeomanry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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