[ek-wuh-ree, ih-kwer-ee]
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noun, plural eq·uer·ries.
  1. an officer of a royal or similar household, charged with the care of the horses.
  2. an officer of the British royal household who attends the sovereign or other member of the royal family.

Origin of equerry

1520–30; alteration (influenced by Latin equus horse) of earlier esquiry, escuirie < Middle French escuirie stable, squires collectively, derivative of escuyer squire; see -y3
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noun plural -ries
  1. an officer attendant upon the British sovereign
  2. (formerly) an officer in a royal household responsible for the horses

Word Origin for equerry

C16: alteration (through influence of Latin equus horse) of earlier escuirie, from Old French: stable, group of squires, from escuyer squire
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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.

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