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eq·uer·ry

 (ĕk′wə-rē)
n. pl. eq·uer·ries
1. A personal attendant to the British royal household.
2. An officer charged with supervision of the horses belonging to a royal or noble household.

[French écurie, stable, from Old French escurie, from escuier, squire; see squire.]

equerry

(ˈɛkwərɪ; at the British court ɪˈkwɛrɪ)
n, pl -ries
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) an officer attendant upon the British sovereign
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (formerly) an officer in a royal household responsible for the horses
[C16: alteration (through influence of Latin equus horse) of earlier escuirie, from Old French: stable, group of squires, from escuyer squire]

eq•uer•ry

(ˈɛk wə ri, ɪˈkwɛr i)

n., pl. -ries.
1. an officer of a royal or similar household, charged with the care of the horses.
2. an officer of the British royal household who attends the sovereign or other member of the royal family.
[1520–30; alter. (influenced by Latin equus horse) of earlier esquiry, escuirie < Middle French escuirie stable, squires]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.equerry - an official charged with the care of the horses of princes or nobles
functionary, official - a worker who holds or is invested with an office
2.equerry - a personal attendant of the British royal family
attendant, attender, tender - someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another
Translations

equerry

[ˈekwərɪ] Ncaballerizo m del rey

equerry

n (= personal attendant)persönlicher Diener (eines Mitgliedes der königlichen Familie); (in charge of horses) → königlicher Stallmeister
References in classic literature ?
Why, how dost thou know that noblemen have equerries behind them?
Out of that five millions the small tyrant tried to keep an army of ten thousand men, pay all the hundreds of useless Grand Equerries in Waiting, First Grooms of the Bedchamber, Lord High Chancellors of the Exploded Exchequer, and all the other absurdities which these puppy-kingdoms indulge in, in imitation of the great monarchies; and in addition he set about building a white marble palace to cost about five millions itself.
There are festivals and entertainments going continually on, and the Duke has his chamberlains and equerries, and the Duchess her mistress of the wardrobe and ladies of honour, just like any other and more potent potentates.