equer·​ry | \ ˈe-kwə-rē How to pronounce equerry (audio) , i-ˈkwer-ē How to pronounce equerry (audio) \
plural equerries

Definition of equerry

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 Her father Edward John Spencer, a remote descendant of Henry VII, was an equerry, or officer of the British royal household, under George VI, Queen Elizabeth II's father. Shannon Carlin, refinery29.com, "Everything The Crown Didn’t Tell Us About Princess Diana’s Nearly-Royal Family," 16 Nov. 2020 The brief service was attended by just the dean and the queen's equerry, Lieutenant Colonel Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah. Pan Pylas, Star Tribune, "Queen Elizabeth II wears mask at tribute to Unknown Warrior," 7 Nov. 2020 But no need to rush—the equerry and personal protection officers will gather the luggage while everyone finishes breakfast. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "What the Downton Abbey Movie Gets Right—and Wrong—About Royal Visits," 14 Sep. 2019 Amanda Kline and Captain Mark William Galloway Dyer Prince Charles's former equerry, Captain Mark William Galloway Dyer, served as a mentor for Prince Harry, particularly in the years following Princess Diana's death. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Who Will Serve as Godparents to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Baby?," 21 Jan. 2019 But according to the Sunday Times, the couple also selected Harry and William's beloved childhood nanny, Tiggy Pettifer (née Legge-Bourke), and Mark Dyer, Prince Charles' former equerry (or royal assistant) and a childhood mentor to the princes. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Chose Harry’s Childhood Nanny, Tiggy Pettifer, As Archie’s Godmother," 20 Jan. 2020 Prince Charles first laid the nation’s wreath as the Queen looked on, then an equerry laid a wreath on behalf of Prince Philip. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Makes a Poignant Appearance at the Annual Remembrance Sunday Service," 10 Nov. 2019 An exclusive clip from the program (above) shows Charles speaking with his equerry and private secretary, mapping out his schedule for the weeks ahead. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Charles at 70 Offers a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Royal Life," 21 Mar. 2019 An equerry laid a tribute on the 98-year-old royal’s behalf. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "See Meghan, Harry, Kate and William Join the Queen for Solemn Remembrance Day Ceremony," 10 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of equerry

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for equerry

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

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29 Nov 2020

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“Equerry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equerry. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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