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squire

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noun \ˈskwī(-ə)r\

Simple Definition of squire

  • : a young man in the Middle Ages who helped a knight before eventually becoming a knight himself

  • : a man in the past in England who owned most of the land in a village or district in the country

  • —used to address a man whose name is unknown

Full Definition of squire

  1. 1 :  a shield bearer or armor bearer of a knight

  2. 2a :  a male attendant especially on a great personageb :  a man who devotedly attends a lady :  gallant

  3. 3a :  a member of the British gentry ranking below a knight and above a gentlemanb :  an owner of a country estate; especially :  the principal landowner in a village or districtc (1) :  justice of the peace (2) :  lawyer (3) :  judge

squir·ish play \ˈskwīr-ish\ adjective

Origin of squire

Middle English squier, from Anglo-French esquier — more at esquire


First Known Use: 13th century


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squire

transitive verb

Definition of squire

squiredsquir·ing

  1. :  to attend as a squire :  escort



Examples of squire

  1. <her father squired her to the dance to make sure she got there all right>



14th Century

First Known Use of squire

14th century

Rhymes with squire



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