- an officer of a royal or similar household, charged with the care of the horses.
- an officer of the British royal household who attends the sovereign or other member of the royal family.
Origin of equerry
Examples from the Web for equerry
Here, then, we found the equerry again, consumed by anxiety.The Strolling Saint
The chamberlains and the equerry have departed with their letters of announcement.
Take Martin, the equerry, with you, and three of the grooms.
Holding his captive before him, Damis turned to the equerry.Giants on the Earth
Sterner St. Paul Meek
He ordered his equerry to offer them his protection, and everything that they might require.The Frog Prince and Other Stories
- an officer attendant upon the British sovereign
- (formerly) an officer in a royal household responsible for the horses
Word Origin and History for equerry
1590s, short for groom of the equirrie, from esquiry "stables" (1550s), from Middle French escuerie (Modern French écurie), perhaps from Medieval Latin scuria "stable," from Old High German scura "barn;" or from Old French escuier "groom," from Vulgar Latin scutarius "shield-bearer." In either case, spelling influenced by Latin equus "horse," which is unrelated.