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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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Examples from the Web for squired

Historical Examples

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Even Mrs. Theobald, squired by Mr. Kingcroft, had braved the journey from Yorkshire to bid her only daughter good-bye.

  • Not even Trudy knew that he had actually adopted a monocle and squired Beatrice round in state.

    The Gorgeous Girl

    Nalbro Bartley


British Dictionary definitions for squired

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

C13: from Old French esquier; see esquire
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Word Origin and History for squired

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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squire

v.

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

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