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[skwahyuh r] /skwaɪər/
(in England) a country gentleman, especially the chief landed proprietor in a district.
(in the Middle Ages) a young man of noble birth who as an aspirant to knighthood served a knight.
a personal attendant, as of a person of rank.
a man who accompanies or escorts a woman.
a title applied to a justice of the peace, local judge, or other local dignitary of a rural district or small town.
verb (used with object), squired, squiring.
to attend as, or in the manner of, a squire.
to escort (a woman), as to a dance or social gathering.
Origin of squire
1250-1300; Middle English squier; aphetic variant of esquire
Related forms
squireless, adjective
squirelike, adjective
unsquired, adjective Unabridged
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  • He made his way to the house of squire Paine, and, after a brief pause, was admitted.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • His guns, dogs, and horses, were the things the squire held most dear.

  • "Nay, I had other things upon my mind," the squire answered.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • "As empty as an English squire, coz," cried the first speaker.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • I see that your squire's eyes are starting from his head like a trussed crab.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Come hither, young man, young English squire with the gray eyes!

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The body of the French squire had been dragged out by them and hacked to pieces.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • For me, I will ride into their camp with my squire and two archers.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • In the track of both peoples, "death follows like a squire."

    Ridgeway Scian Dubh
British Dictionary definitions for squire


a country gentleman in England, esp the main landowner in a rural community
(feudal history) a young man of noble birth, who attended upon a knight
(rare) a man who courts or escorts a woman
(informal, mainly Brit) a term of address used by one man to another, esp, unless ironic, to a member of a higher social class
(Austral) an immature snapper See snapper (sense 2)
(transitive) (of a man) to escort (a woman)
Word Origin
C13: from Old French esquier; see esquire
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Word Origin and History for squire

late 13c., "young man who attends a knight," later "member of the landowning class ranking below a knight" (c.1300), from Old French esquier "squire," literally "shield carrier" (see esquire). Meaning "country gentleman, landed proprietor" is from 1670s; as a general term of address to a gentleman, it is attested from 1828.


"to attend (a lady) as a gallant," late 14c., from squire (n.). Related: Squired; squiring.

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