[ skwahyuhr ]
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  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.

  1. a personal attendant, as of a person of rank.

  2. a man who accompanies or escorts a woman.

  3. 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, squir·ing.
  1. to attend as, or in the manner of, a squire.

  2. to escort (a woman), as to a dance or social gathering.

Origin of squire

1250–1300; Middle English squier; aphetic variant of esquire

Other words from squire

  • squireless, adjective
  • squirelike, adjective
  • un·squired, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for squire


/ (skwaɪə) /

  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

  1. rare a man who courts or escorts a woman

  2. informal, mainly British a term of address used by one man to another, esp, unless ironic, to a member of a higher social class

  3. Australian an immature snapper: See snapper (def. 2)

  1. (tr) (of a man) to escort (a woman)

Origin of squire

C13: from Old French esquier; see esquire

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