imperial yeomanry

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Yeomanry \Yeo"man*ry\, n.
   1. The position or rank of a yeoman. [Obs.] "His estate of
      yeomanry." --Chaucer.
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   2. The collective body of yeomen, or freeholders.
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            The enfranchised yeomanry began to feel an instinct
            for dominion.                         --Bancroft.
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   3. 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.
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   Yeomanry cavalry, certain bodies of volunteer cavalry
      liable to service in Great Britain only. [Eng.]
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