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 And the film's historical advisor, Alastair Bruce, is Prince Edward's equerry. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The Royal Family's Many Connections to Downton Abbey," 8 Sep. 2019 Thankfully for the cast, Major General Alastair Bruce, the royal equerry in charge of historical accuracy and etiquette, was on hand to advise on every tiny detail: which door to open, which fork to use, which chair to sit on and how. Jason Bell; Fashion Editor: Cassie Anderson, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Cast of Downton Abbey Reverses Their Signature Roles," 20 Aug. 2019 Adelaide Cottage is perhaps most famous for being the residence of Peter Townsend, former equerry to King George VI and the great love of Princess Margaret (see: season one of The Crown). Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Will This Historic Cottage Be Harry and Meghan’s New Home?," 23 July 2018 Additionally, Prince Philip's wreath will be presented by an equerry. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Why Prince Charles Is Laying a Wreath on Queen Elizabeth's Behalf This Morning," 11 Nov. 2018 The six-year-old is the son of Amanda Kline and Captain Mark William Galloway Dyer, Prince Charles's former equerry, who served as a mentor for Prince Harry, particularly in the years following Princess Diana's death. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Here Are All the Page Boys in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Wedding," 19 May 2018 Prince Charles laid a wreath on his mother's behalf and an equerry laid one for Prince Philip. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Wore a Somber Black Coat and Poppy Pin to Remembrance Sunday Service," 11 Nov. 2018 Later that year, Anne married Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, her mother’s former equerry. The Editors, Town & Country, "The British Royal Family Tree," 19 May 2018 With Peter Townsend At Queen Elizabeth’s coronation, Princess Margaret picked a piece of lint off the lapel of her father’s former equerry, Peter Townsend. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Before Thomas Markle Spoke Out: A Look Back at the Biggest Royal Scandals in Recent History," 14 Aug. 2018

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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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The first known use of equerry was in 1591

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