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es·quire

 (ĕs′kwīr′, ĭ-skwīr′)
n.
1. A man or boy who is a member of the gentry in England ranking directly below a knight.
2. Abbr. Esq. Used as an honorific usually in its abbreviated form, especially after the name of an attorney or a consular officer: Jane Doe, Esq.; John Doe, Esq.
3. Chiefly British A barrister-at-law.
4. In medieval times, a candidate for knighthood who served a knight as an attendant and a shield bearer.
5. Archaic An English country gentleman; a squire.

[Middle English esquier, from Old French escuier, from Late Latin scūtārius, shield bearer, from Latin scūtum, shield; see skei- in Indo-European roots.]
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esquire

(ɪˈskwaɪə)
n
1. chiefly Brit a title of respect, usually abbreviated Esq, placed after a man's name
2. (Historical Terms) (in medieval times) the attendant and shield bearer of a knight, subsequently often knighted himself
3. rare a male escort
[C15: from Old French escuier, from Late Latin scūtārius shield bearer, from Latin scūtum shield]
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es•quire

(ˈɛs kwaɪər, ɛˈskwaɪər)

n.
1. (cap.) a title of respect sometimes placed, esp. in its abbreviated form, after a man's surname in formal written address: in the U.S., chiefly applied to lawyers, women as well as men. Abbr.: Esq., Esqr.
3. a man belonging to the order of English gentry ranking next below a knight.
4. Archaic. squire (def. 1).
[1425–75; late Middle English esquier < Middle French escuier < Latin scūtārius shield bearer =scūt(um) shield + -ārius -ary]
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esquire

- At its root, it means "shield bearer (in service to a knight)," from Latin scutarius.
See also related terms for knight.
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esquire


Past participle: esquired
Gerund: esquiring

Imperative
esquire
esquire
Present
I esquire
you esquire
he/she/it esquires
we esquire
you esquire
they esquire
Preterite
I esquired
you esquired
he/she/it esquired
we esquired
you esquired
they esquired
Present Continuous
I am esquiring
you are esquiring
he/she/it is esquiring
we are esquiring
you are esquiring
they are esquiring
Present Perfect
I have esquired
you have esquired
he/she/it has esquired
we have esquired
you have esquired
they have esquired
Past Continuous
I was esquiring
you were esquiring
he/she/it was esquiring
we were esquiring
you were esquiring
they were esquiring
Past Perfect
I had esquired
you had esquired
he/she/it had esquired
we had esquired
you had esquired
they had esquired
Future
I will esquire
you will esquire
he/she/it will esquire
we will esquire
you will esquire
they will esquire
Future Perfect
I will have esquired
you will have esquired
he/she/it will have esquired
we will have esquired
you will have esquired
they will have esquired
Future Continuous
I will be esquiring
you will be esquiring
he/she/it will be esquiring
we will be esquiring
you will be esquiring
they will be esquiring
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been esquiring
you have been esquiring
he/she/it has been esquiring
we have been esquiring
you have been esquiring
they have been esquiring
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been esquiring
you will have been esquiring
he/she/it will have been esquiring
we will have been esquiring
you will have been esquiring
they will have been esquiring
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been esquiring
you had been esquiring
he/she/it had been esquiring
we had been esquiring
you had been esquiring
they had been esquiring
Conditional
I would esquire
you would esquire
he/she/it would esquire
we would esquire
you would esquire
they would esquire
Past Conditional
I would have esquired
you would have esquired
he/she/it would have esquired
we would have esquired
you would have esquired
they would have esquired
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.esquire - (Middle Ages) an attendant and shield bearer to a knightesquire - (Middle Ages) an attendant and shield bearer to a knight; a candidate for knighthood
England - a division of the United Kingdom
attendant, attender, tender - someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another
Dark Ages, Middle Ages - the period of history between classical antiquity and the Italian Renaissance
2.Esquire - a title of respect for a member of the English gentry ranking just below a knight; placed after the name
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
adult male, man - an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman); "there were two women and six men on the bus"
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Translations
esquire

esquire

[ɪsˈkwaɪəʳ] N (Brit) (on envelope) → Señor don
Colin Smith EsquireSr. D. Colin Smith
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

Esquire

[ɪˈskwaɪər] n
J. Brown, Esquire → Monsieur J. Brown
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

esquire

n (abbr Esq) (Brit: on envelope) als Titel nach dem Namen, wenn kein anderer Titel angegeben wird James Jones, EsqHerrn James Jones
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esquire

[ɪsˈkwaɪəʳ] n Colin Smith EsquireEgregio Signor Colin Smith
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References in periodicals archive ?
He also details the son's rise during the reign of Henry VIII, when he held such offices as Lord Admiral, Warden of the Scottish Marches, and Esquire of the Body to the King.