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 More combative if not entirely unsympathetic is the equerry, Maj. Los Angeles Times, 4 Nov. 2021 In 1926, the then-Duke of York (Queen Elizabeth’s father) played in the doubles tournament with his equerry. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 1 July 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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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“Equerry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equerry. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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