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esquire

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noun es·quire \ˈes-ˌkwī(-ə)r, is-ˈ\

Definition of esquire

  1. 1 :  a member of the English gentry ranking below a knight

  2. 2 :  a candidate for knighthood serving as shield bearer and attendant to a knight

  3. 3 —used as a title of courtesy usually placed in its abbreviated form after the surname <John R. Smith, Esq.>

  4. 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

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