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Meaning of ESQUIRE

Pronunciation:  e'skwIr

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  (British) a title of respect for a member of the English gentry ranking just below a knight; placed after the name
  2. [n]  (in medieval England) an attendant and shield bearer to a knight; a candidate for knighthood
  3. [v]  accompany as an escort
 

ESQUIRE is a 7 letter word that starts with E.

 

 Synonyms: escort, Esq
 
 See Also: accompany, adult male, attendant, attender, chaperon, chaperone, convoy, man, safeguard, squire, tender

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Es*quire"\, n. [OF. escuyer, escuier, properly, a
    shield-bearer, F. ['e]cuyer shield-bearer, armor-bearer,
    squire of a knight, esquire, equerry, rider, horseman, LL.
    scutarius shield-bearer, fr. L. scutum shield, akin to Gr. ?
    skin, hide, from a root meaning to cover; prob. akin to E.
    hide to cover. See {Hide} to cover, and cf. {Equerry},
    {Escutcheon}.]
    Originally, a shield-bearer or armor-bearer, an attendant on
    a knight; in modern times, a title of dignity next in degree
    below knight and above gentleman; also, a title of office and
    courtesy; -- often shortened to squire.
    
    Note: In England, the title of esquire belongs by right of
          birth to the eldest sons of knights and their eldest
          sons in perpetual succession; to the eldest sons of
          younger sons of peers and their eldest sons in
          perpetual succession. It is also given to sheriffs, to
          justices of the peace while in commission, to those who
          bear special office in the royal household, to
          counselors at law, bachelors of divinity, law, or
          physic, and to others. In the United States the title
          is commonly given in courtesy to lawyers and justices
          of the peace, and is often used in the superscription
          of letters instead of Mr.
    
    
  2. \Es*quire"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Esquired}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Esquiring}.]
    To wait on as an esquire or attendant in public; to attend.
    [Colloq.]
    
    
 
Legal Dictionary
 
 Definition: In the United States the title commonly appended after the name of an attorney. In English law a title of dignity next above gentleman and below knight. Title also given to barristers at law and others. Abbreviated: Esq.
 
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