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squire

[skwahyuh r] /skwaɪər/
noun
1.
(in England) a country gentleman, especially the chief landed proprietor in a district.
2.
(in the Middle Ages) a young man of noble birth who as an aspirant to knighthood served a knight.
3.
a personal attendant, as of a person of rank.
4.
a man who accompanies or escorts a woman.
5.
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.
6.
to attend as, or in the manner of, a squire.
7.
to escort (a woman), as to a dance or social gathering.
Origin of squire
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English squier; aphetic variant of esquire
Related forms
squireless, adjective
squirelike, adjective
unsquired, adjective
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  • Amy looked after her father, to Godfrey fell the duty of squiring Miss Thurseley.

    Mrs. Maxon Protests Anthony Hope
  • Lazy Harry, up and out, and squiring Mrs. Purdie to the review at half-past ten in the morning!

    The Coast of Chance Esther Chamberlain
  • His chief exercises are, taking the whiff, squiring a cockatrice, and making privy searches for imparters.

  • But they made up that quarrel ages ago, and he was over there shooting in September and squiring her all over the county.

    More about Pixie Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
British Dictionary definitions for squiring

squire

/skwaɪə/
noun
1.
a country gentleman in England, esp the main landowner in a rural community
2.
(feudal history) a young man of noble birth, who attended upon a knight
3.
(rare) a man who courts or escorts a woman
4.
(informal, mainly Brit) a term of address used by one man to another, esp, unless ironic, to a member of a higher social class
5.
(Austral) an immature snapper See snapper (sense 2)
verb
6.
(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 squiring

squire

n.

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.

v.

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

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