\ 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

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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 His arrest didn’t surprise the former caretaker of Pinehurst Lodge in Nova Scotia, where Koretz lived like a squire. Ron Grossman, chicagotribune.com, "Flashback: Leo Koretz, the Ponzi of Chicago, suckered investors and wooed women with his ill-gotten wealth," 5 Mar. 2021 The new stop-motion series from the executive producers of Robot Chicken features Patrick (Nicholas Hoult) as a peasant who gets to be a squire at the royal castle. Radhika Marya, Fortune, "What to watch this weekend on Netflix, Disney+, and more," 12 June 2020 Tiuri bops from helper to faux and back again on this horseback ride to King Favian, all the while evading various groups of bunglers, including his own cohort of indistinguishable teen squires, who are each trying to capture or kill him. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Letter for the King': TV Review," 20 Mar. 2020 After becoming the great knight’s squire, Alleyne goes off to war to earn his master’s respect and the hand of his romantic, headstrong daughter, Maude. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, "Arthur Conan Doyle wrote more than detective novels. Let’s not forget his more swashbuckling stories.," 15 Jan. 2020 The adventures of this knight (Robert J. Townsend) and his squire, Sancho Panza (Jeffrey Landman), quickly crystallize around Quixote’s spellbound love for a wench of ill repute, Aldonza (Heidi Meyer). David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: SDMT’s stirring ‘Man of La Mancha’ delivers as it dares to dream the impossible," 29 Sep. 2019 Rich aristocrats could breed horses and hunting dogs, but for the squires and their circle, dog breeding was a better fit in every respect. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Dog Days of Summer? Visit the New Museum of the Dog," 24 Aug. 2019 The squire, the son of a land owner, turns out to be the bad guy in the book, taking more and more. Joe Soucheray, Twin Cities, "Soucheray: There they go, boardsplaining this 10% Ramsey County tax-levy increase," 17 Aug. 2019 The 'Good Will Hunting' duo and Nicole Holofcener will adapt Eric Jager's book about a knight battling a squire accused of violating the knight’s beautiful young wife in 14th century France. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, "Ridley Scott to Direct Matt Damon, Ben Affleck in 'The Last Duel'," 22 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb His son Philip was due to squire me about in our hunting block. Warren Page, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: The Cautious Crocodile," 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, "Catherine Deneuve shines in the mother-daughter tale 'The Truth'," 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, "Review: Porsche Macan S will leave you wanting more," 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, "Next bike barrier frontier: San Francisco’s bustling Embarcadero," 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, "A Yale Student’s Urgent Fight to Save His Mother from Deportation," 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, "Giambattista Valli is H&M’s New Designer Collaborator—And His Limited Edition Dresses Are Dropping This Saturday," 23 May 2019 Back near the kitchen Italian playboy Gianni Agnelli squired a woman so breathtaking even the gay maître d' went weak at the knees. Jay Cheshes, Town & Country, "Caviar and Cocaine," 6 Feb. 2013 James Beard, the cookbook author, squired her into the kitchen at the Four Seasons in New York. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Ella Brennan Nurtured Celebrity Chefs but Didn’t Take Them Too Seriously," 8 June 2018

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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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17 Mar 2021

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“Squire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squire. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of squire

: a young man in the Middle Ages who helped a knight before eventually becoming a knight himself
: a man in the past in England who owned most of the land in a village or district in the country
British, informal + old-fashioned used to address a man whose name is unknown


\ 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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