\ ˈskwī(-ə)r How to pronounce squire (audio) \

Definition of squire

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a shield bearer or armor bearer of a knight
2a : a male attendant especially on a great personage
b : a man who devotedly attends a lady : gallant
3a : a member of the British gentry ranking below a knight and above a gentleman
b : an owner of a country estate especially : the principal landowner in a village or district
(2) : lawyer
(3) : judge


squired; squiring

Definition of squire (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to attend as a squire : escort

Other Words from squire


squirish \ ˈskwīr-​ish How to pronounce squire (audio) \ adjective

Examples of squire in a Sentence

Verb her father squired her to the dance to make sure she got there all right
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun John Harnage danced the stand-alone role of the knight-like young man who remains apart from his squire-like companions, whose dashing moves frame his more decorous presence. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, 30 Mar. 2022 Knight Jean de Carrouges must settle a dispute with a good ol’ fashioned duel, after his wife charges the squire with rape. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, 22 Mar. 2022 The production is choreographed by Elizabeth Wistrich and based on Miguel de Cervantes’ epic novel that tells of the adventures of the errant knight, Don Quixote and his squire, Sancho Panza, who journey to find the dreamy Dulcinea. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Mar. 2022 So the country captain of the recipe’s name wasn’t some sleepy rural squire but most likely a commander, either of a ship plying the trade routes to and from India or of Indian troops pressed into British service. New York Times, 16 Feb. 2022 From an early age Clive Bell was at odds with his father, who had amassed a fortune in coal mines and kept himself busy impersonating a country squire in an overwrought Wiltshire mansion hung with hunting trophies. Donna Rifkind, WSJ, 28 Jan. 2022 His hair has been cut into the same shape, close-cropped and featuring the tiny bangs of a medieval squire, for more than a decade. New York Times, 2 Nov. 2021 That is, until Jean returns home from a stint in battle and Marguerite accuses Jacques of raping her in his absence, though the squire denies any wrongdoing. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 13 Oct. 2021 France would eventually do away with the whole officially sanctioned death-sport thingamajig, but not before one final, public spectacle between a knight and a squire took place in 1386. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 13 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In Boston, Ross’s partner, Svetlana Dvoretsky, was on hand to squire Kahlo and De Anda through the Frida immersive. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Feb. 2022 Directed by Ridley Scott, the film centers on actual events that took place in 14th century France and follows Marguerite de Carrouges (Comer), who claims to have been raped by her husband’s best friend and squire Jacques Le Gris (Driver). Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 13 Oct. 2021 His son Philip was due to squire me about in our hunting block. Warren Page, Field & Stream, 13 Nov. 2020 That creates a reason for Lumir to stick around, helping squire her mother through the movie-making process, while trying to rein in her dismissive, imperious attitude toward practically everyone around her. Brian Lowry, CNN, 1 July 2020 Of course, while many of us grow up dreaming about cruising winding roads in a roadster, reality ends up looking like squiring our kids and groceries around sprawling suburban streets in something with at least two rows of seats. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, 16 Feb. 2020 Nearly two years ago, pedicab driver Kevin Manning was struck and killed by a car while squiring a family of tourists on the Embarcadero near Sansome Street. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, 10 Feb. 2020 Historians are frequently invited to give talks at other universities, and graduate students shoulder the burden of organizing them—e-mails, pickups at the train station, squiring visitors around to various Gothic towers for genteel exchanges. Rachel Nolan, The New Yorker, 1 Nov. 2019 The Cannes amfAR gala is a famously glittering affair, with top designers squiring actresses and supermodels in haute couture against the sensational backdrop of the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc and the Mediterranean behind it. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, 23 May 2019 See More

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First Known Use of squire


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for squire


Middle English squier, from Anglo-French esquier — more at esquire

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10 Apr 2022

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“Squire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squire. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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\ ˈskwīr How to pronounce squire (audio) \

Kids Definition of squire

1 : a person who carries the shield or armor of a knight
3 : an owner of a country estate

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