equerry

noun

plural equerries
1
: an officer of a prince or noble charged with the care of horses
2
: an officer of the British royal household in personal attendance on the sovereign or a member of the royal family

Examples of equerry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then, a second floral display was laid on Queen Camilla's behalf by her equerry. Simon Perry, Peoplemag, 12 Nov. 2023 The equerry lit up the internet again on coronation day, and a video of him helping Charles change robes at Westminster Abbey has been viewed over 100,000 times on Twitter. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 25 July 2023 The kilt-wearing major is not to be confused with two other high-ranking equerries who have also charmed hearts. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 25 July 2023 Amelia was in poor health throughout her life, and when she was sent to the seaside to recover, Charles FitzRoy, an equerry, accompanied her. Town & Country, 4 May 2023 During her life she was rumored to have an illegitimate child, possibly with her father's chief equerry, Major-General Thomas Garth. Town & Country, 4 May 2023 Later that year, Anne married Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, her mother’s former equerry. Emma Dibdin, Town & Country, 1 June 2022 The Queen was Charles' godmother, and his father John was an equerry to the monarch in the 1950s. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 6 May 2023 The Queen Consort hosted 11 children and their families and carers for some festive cheer complete with Father Christmas, reindeer, and even a royal equerry on hand to help decorate the tree with his sword. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, 7 Dec. 2022

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Word History

Etymology

modification of Middle French ecurie, escuyrie squires (collectively), duties of a squire, care of horses, stable, from escuier squire — more at esquire

First Known Use

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of equerry was in 1591

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Cite this Entry

“Equerry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equerry. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

equerry

noun
plural equerries
1
: an officer in charge of the horses of a prince or nobleman
2
: a personal attendant of a member of the British royal family
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