Meaning of yeomanry in English:

yeomanry

noun

treated as singular or plural
  • 1historical A group of men who held and cultivated small landed estates.

    ‘The enclosing movement was attacked on various grounds. To its effects were attributed the disappearance of the yeomanry, using the words in the strict sense of farmer-owners.’
    1. 1.1(in Britain) a volunteer cavalry force raised from the yeomanry (1794–1908).
      • ‘The volunteer forces, especially the yeomanry, had been politically dependable.’
      • ‘Revolution was not to be encouraged, though, and the yeomanry turned protest into a bloodbath at Peterloo.’
      • ‘The yeomanry arrive, Gerard is killed, Lord Marney stoned to death by rioters, Morley shot, and the castle burned down.’
      • ‘It was a yeomanry regiment, I think perhaps the Warwickshires.’
      • ‘A government yeomanry corps had also been raised in 1796.’
      • ‘The yeomanry were a particular kind of cavalry.’
      • ‘In the northern western corner of the county we have Hacketstown, the scene of two desperate engagements between the insurgents and the yeomanry in 1798.’
      • ‘By 1901 there were 230,000 volunteers, augmented by the Royal Navy and Royal Artillery Volunteers, the militia and the yeomanry.’
      • ‘Boards of highly paid, bonus-rich directors seem to be bunkered down behind a dithering yeomanry of press officers and media advisers as the regulatory cavalry charges in.’
      • ‘At this stage a party of yeomanry opened fire and when the firing ceased 14 people, including a married woman and two boys (one the son of a yeoman) were shot dead.’
      • ‘The Wiltshire Yeomanry, the oldest yeomanry unit in the British Army, paraded through Devizes on Sunday to celebrate ten years since it was granted the Freedom of the Town.’
      • ‘During the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars the British regular army remained fairly small, but home defence forces such as yeomanry, volunteers, and fencibles proliferated.’
      • ‘Magistrates from the city claimed the rally was the start of a revolution, and unleashed the yeomanry on the unarmed and peaceful crowd, butchering 11 people and leaving over 400 wounded.’
      • ‘Such were the sixty thousand trade unionists who met in St Peter's Fields in Manchester in August 1819 and were greeted by the yeomanry, who charged at them with sabres, killing 11 and wounding around four hundred.’
      • ‘In Britain, regulars and the part-time yeomanry, though placed at the disposal of local magistrates, disgraced themselves by firing on the crowds at Peterloo in 1819 and at Queen Caroline's funeral in 1821.’

Pronunciation

yeomanry

/ˈjəʊmənri/