esquire

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es·quire

noun \ˈes-ˌkwī(-ə)r, is-ˈ\

Definition of ESQUIRE

1
:  a member of the English gentry ranking below a knight
2
:  a candidate for knighthood serving as shield bearer and attendant to a knight
3
—used as a title of courtesy usually placed in its abbreviated form after the surname <John R. Smith, Esq.>
4
archaic :  a landed proprietor

Origin of ESQUIRE

Middle English, from Anglo-French esquier squire, from Late Latin scutarius, from Latin scutum shield; akin to Old Irish sciath shield
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Forms of Address Terms

appellation, beatitude, brethren, emeritus, sire, sous

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