\ 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 squirish (audio) \ adjective

Examples of squire in a Sentence


her father squired her to the dance to make sure she got there all right

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Like the Cervantes novel, the ballet follows Don Quixote’s journey with squire Sancho Panza. Hal Boedeker, orlandosentinel.com, "‘Caddyshack’ to opera: Enzian shows its range," 10 June 2019 The gangly country squire and Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg often answers interview questions in Latin. Tina Brown, Time, "Tina Brown: How Britain Lost the Plot Over Brexit," 6 June 2019 The story follows following the 16-year-old squire Tiuri in his journey to become a knight and his task of delivering a crucial letter to the leader of the neighboring kingdom. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "Netflix to Adapt Dutch Kids Book 'The Letter for the King' as Original Series," 12 July 2018 In the first, squire Pozzo eats a chicken haunch for lunch and, feeling garrulous, engages social inferiors Gogo and Didi in conversation. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "After all these years, we’re still Waiting for Godot," 30 May 2018 There are jaunty fellows in pocket squares eager to greet you, squire you to a table, and discuss cocktails. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "Talulla in Huron Village, where white tablecloths don’t mean you can’t have fun," 10 May 2018 Pepe is the boss on defense, Joao Moutinho is the fulcrum of the midfield and Andre Silva could be Ronaldo’s squire in the attack. José Luis Sánchez Pando, chicagotribune.com, "2018 World Cup Group B: An affair of two," 23 May 2018 As Huang reveals, the twins were much more than a freak show spectacle — strivers, showmen and slaveholders who settled in rural North Carolina, country squires who loved to hunt and fish. Vanessa Hua, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Inseparable,’ by Yunte Huang," 10 May 2018 SUBSCRIBE TODAY Cervantes and his squire, Sancho Panza, are the newest arrivals at the dungeon, where prisoners await their disposition. Mitchel Benson, sacbee, "'Man of La Mancha' is a soul-stirring musical about hope and honor | The Sacramento Bee," 25 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Then squire your companion across the street to the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Movies by Moonlight series, which starts at dusk every Friday evening. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "8 great summer dates," 6 June 2018 Sedona, gateway to Arizona’s red rock country 90 minutes drive north of Phoenix, attracts hikers eager to scale its striated buttes and New Age pilgrims seeking the fabled vortexes — or energy centers — said to be squired in the rocks. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, "Sedona for Serenity, Spas and Now Syrahs," 18 Apr. 2018 His old friend Richie Neal, the congressman, and Domenic Sarno, the mayor, were going to squire him around Springfield, and the John Boyle O’Reilly Club would be buzzing. Kevin Cullen, BostonGlobe.com, "So much for the luck of the Irish," 15 Mar. 2018 The singer subsequently squired screen goddesses including Ava Gardner. Adam Bernstein, Washington Post, "Vic Damone, popular 1950s crooner and nightclub star, dies at 89," 12 Feb. 2018 The woman dressed her pet monkeys in baby clothes and squired them around in a pram. James Ellroy, Vanities, "James Ellroy’s Buzz M for Murder," 7 Oct. 2017

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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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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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