esquire

noun es·quire \ ˈe-ˌskwī(-ə)r , i-ˈskwī(-ə)r \

Definition of esquire

1 :a member of the English gentry ranking below a knight
2 :a candidate for knighthood serving as shield bearer and attendant to a knight
3 used as a title of courtesy often by attorneys usually placed in its abbreviated form after the surname
  • John R. Smith, Esq.
4 archaic :a landed proprietor

Origin and Etymology of esquire

Middle English, from Anglo-French esquier squire, from Late Latin scutarius, from Latin scutum shield; akin to Old Irish sciath shield

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esquire

noun es·quire \ ˈes-ˌkwīr \

legal Definition of esquire

used as a title of courtesy for lawyers usually placed in its abbreviated form after the name and capitalized
  • John R. Smith, Esq.
  • Jane L. Smith, Esq.

Origin and Etymology of esquire

Middle French escuier squire, from Late Latin scutarius shield bearer, from Latin scutum shield


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