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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. (historical) A landowner from the English gentry during the early modern period.
  5. A devoted attendant or follower of a lady; a beau.
  6. A title of office and courtesy. See under esquire.
  7. (UK, colloquial) Term of address to a male equal.
    • 1969, Dead Parrot sketch, Monty Python's Flying Circus:
      Sorry squire, I've had a look 'round the back of the shop, and uh, we're right out of parrots.
Derived terms[edit]


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

  1. (transitive) To attend as a squire.
  2. (transitive) To attend as a beau, or gallant, for aid and protection.
    Synonym: escort

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English squire, borrowed from Middle French esquierre (rule, carpenter's square), or from Old French esquire, another form of esquarre (square). Cognate with French équerre. Doublet of square.


squire (plural squires)

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




squire m (plural squires)

  1. squire (title)