• WordNet 3.6
    • n yeomanry a British volunteer cavalry force organized in 1761 for home defense later incorporated into the Territorial Army
    • n yeomanry class of small freeholders who cultivated their own land
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Yeomanry A British volunteer cavalry force, growing out of a royal regiment of fox hunters raised by Yorkshire gentlemen in 1745 to fight the Pretender, Charles Edward; -- calle dalso yeomanry cavalry. The members furnish their own horses, have fourteen days' annual camp training, and receive pay and allowance when on duty. In 1901 the name was altered to imperial yeomanry in recognition of the services of the force in the Boer war. See Army organization, above.
    • Yeomanry The collective body of yeomen, or freeholders. "The enfranchised yeomanry began to feel an instinct for dominion."
    • Yeomanry The position or rank of a yeoman. "His estate of yeomanry ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n yeomanry The collective estate or body of yeomen; yeomen collectively.
    • n yeomanry Service; retainers; those doing a vassal's service.
    • n yeomanry That which befits a yeoman.
    • n yeomanry A volunteer cavalry force originally embodied in Great Britain during the wars of the French revolution, and consisting to a great extent of gentlemen or wealthy farmers. They undergo six days of training, and must attend a certain number of drills yearly, for which they receive a money allowance. They must furnish their own horses, but have a small allowance for clothing—the government also supplying arms and ammunition. Unlike the ordinary volunteer force, the yeomanry cavalry may be called out to aid the civil power, in addition to being liable for service on invasion of the country by a foreign enemy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Yeomanry the collective body of yeomen or smaller freeholders: a cavalry volunteer force in Great Britain, formed during the wars of the French Revolution, its organisation by counties, under the lords-lieutenant, raised and drilled locally, the men providing their own horses and uniform
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. yoman, yemen, doubtless from an A.S. gáman, not found, but seen in Old Frisian gāman, villager—, a village (Ger. gau, district), man, man.


In literature:

Within an hour Captain Martin had returned with a troop of yeomanry.
"The French Prisoners of Norman Cross A Tale" by Arthur Brown
The deluded men had not advanced far before they were scattered by the Yeomanry, and the chief movers taken prisoners.
"Bygone Punishments" by William Andrews
Leonard Dudley, an adventurous soul who had fought under Staveacre with the Cheshire Yeomanry in South Africa, was killed.
"With Manchesters in the East" by Gerald B. Hurst
He hunted, belonged to the Yeomanry, owned famous horses, Maggie and Lucy, the latter coveted by royalty itself.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume 9" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The yeomanry are precisely the order of people with whom I feel I can have nothing to do.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
But it might well be that the yeomanry, being so busy, would never think of the Island.
"An Isle in the Water" by Katharine Tynan
Her salvation lies in a yeomanry capable of comprehending the momentous issues at stake.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 81, July, 1864" by Various
In the first place none of the yeomanry for eight miles around knew that he called his old malarial tank "The Elms," so it was hard to find.
"A Guest at the Ludlow and Other Stories" by Edgar Wilson (Bill) Nye
I have joined the yeomanry, and we shall turn out next week.
"Tales from "Blackwood," Volume 2" by Various
The third and last sort is named the yeomanry, of whom and their sequel, the labourers and artificers, I have said somewhat even now.
"Elizabethan England" by William Harrison
All the youth and manhood of the yeomanry of England were engaged in the practice of the long bow.
"About London" by J. Ewing Ritchie
They are an industrious and manly race of yeomanry.
"History of Cuba; or, Notes of a Traveller in the Tropics" by Maturin M. Ballou
The yeomanry were hurrying from every quarter to the scene of action.
"The Student's Life of Washington; Condensed from the Larger Work of Washington Irving" by Washington Irving
When the yeomanry were called out to suppress riots after the Peace, his sympathies were with the people rather than with the authorities.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 3" by Various
This section of the Irish Yeomanry went to France early in August, 1914.
"The Irish at the Front" by Michael MacDonagh
He was then a captain in the Yeomanry.
"Patricia Brent, Spinster" by Herbert Jenkins
The members are divided into THREE grades, yeomanry or freemen, the livery, and the court.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 3" by Various
His roots were in New England puritanism, were in the yeomanry of Worcester and Middlesex.
"The Life and Public Services of James A. Garfield" by Emma Elizabeth Brown
Brasset and Jodey, however, two extremely zealous subalterns in the Middleshire Yeomanry, were much impressed.
"Mrs. Fitz" by J. C. Snaith
You're Lieutenant Allinson, late of the Imperial Yeomanry, and, I understand, in charge of the Rain Bluff mining operations.
"For the Allinson Honor" by Harold Bindloss