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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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Examples from the Web for squired
Historical Examples
  • Masham has promised to provide for me: I squired his lady out of her chaise to-day, and must visit her in a day or two.

    The Journal to Stella Jonathan Swift
  • And it will not be out of the fashion of the time that a lady should be 'squired by an armed soldier.

    Horse-Shoe Robinson John Pendleton Kennedy
  • Not even Trudy knew that he had actually adopted a monocle and squired Beatrice round in state.

    The Gorgeous Girl Nalbro Bartley
  • But for Ralph's fear for his neck, which had increased in value since its devotion to Veronica, he would have squired his cousin.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • Even Mrs. Theobald, squired by Mr. Kingcroft, had braved the journey from Yorkshire to bid her only daughter good-bye.

British Dictionary definitions for squired


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 squired



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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