esquire

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

Definition of esquire

  1. 1 :  a member of the English gentry ranking below a knight

  2. 2 :  a candidate for knighthood serving as shield bearer and attendant to a knight

  3. 3 —used as a title of courtesy often by attorneys usually placed in its abbreviated form after the surname John R. Smith, Esq.

  4. 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


First Known Use: 15th century

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esquire

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noun es·quire \ˈes-ˌkwīr\

Legal Definition of esquire

  1. —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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