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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English esquire, from Old French escuier, from Latin scūtārius ‎(shield-bearer), from scūtum ‎(shield).


squire ‎(plural squires)

  1. A shield-bearer or armor-bearer who attended a knight.
  2. A title of dignity next in degree below knight, and above gentleman. See esquire.
  3. A male attendant on a great personage.
  4. A devoted attendant or follower of a lady; a beau.
  5. A title of office and courtesy. See under esquire.
  6. (Britain, colloquial) Term of address to an equal.
    • 1969, Monty Python's Flying Circus, Dead Parrot sketch
      Sorry squire, I've had a look 'round the back of the shop, and uh, we're right out of parrots.


squire ‎(third-person singular simple present squires, present participle squiring, simple past and past participle squired)

  1. To attend as a squire
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Chaucer to this entry?)
  2. To attend as a beau, or gallant, for aid and protection
    to squire a lady
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Goldsmith to this entry?)

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle French esquierre ‎(rule, carpenter's square), from Old French esquarre ‎(square) See square.


squire ‎(plural squires)

  1. (obsolete) A ruler; a carpenter's square; a measure.