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squire

[skwahyuh r]
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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.
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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.
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Origin of squire

1250–1300; Middle English squier; aphetic variant of esquire
Related formssquire·less, adjectivesquire·like, adjectiveun·squired, adjective
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Related Words for squire

attend, chaperon, assist, serve, companion, escort, date

Examples from the Web for squire

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Historical Examples of squire

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for squire

squire

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 British a term of address used by one man to another, esp, unless ironic, to a member of a higher social class
  5. Australian an immature snapperSee snapper (def. 2)
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verb
  1. (tr) (of a man) to escort (a woman)
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Word Origin for squire

C13: from Old French esquier; see esquire
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for 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.

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v.

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

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