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/ skwaɪər /
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(in England) a country gentleman, especially the chief landed proprietor in a district.
(in the Middle Ages) a young man of noble birth who as an aspirant to knighthood served a knight.
a personal attendant, as of a person of rank.
a man who accompanies or escorts a woman.
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.
to attend as, or in the manner of, a squire.
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
OTHER WORDS FROM squiresquireless, adjectivesquirelike, adjectiveun·squired, adjective
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How to use squire in a sentence
In retaliation, Scott blatantly squired Moran around Hollywood.9 Works Inspired by Writers’ Love Lives|Joni Rendon, Shannon McKenna Schmidt|February 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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
Not even Trudy knew that he had actually adopted a monocle and squired Beatrice round in state.The Gorgeous Girl|Nalbro Bartley
Bighorn rams squired their bands of ewes on the plateaus and pinnacles above timber line.The Yellow Horde|Hal G. Evarts
Even Mrs. Theobald, squired by Mr. Kingcroft, had braved the journey from Yorkshire to bid her only daughter good-bye.Where Angels Fear to Tread|E. M. Forster
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
British Dictionary definitions for squire
/ (skwaɪə) /
a country gentleman in England, esp the main landowner in a rural community
feudal history a young man of noble birth, who attended upon a knight
rare a man who courts or escorts a woman
informal, mainly British a term of address used by one man to another, esp, unless ironic, to a member of a higher social class
Australian an immature snapperSee snapper (def. 2)
(tr) (of a man) to escort (a woman)
Word Origin for squire
C13: from Old French esquier; see esquire
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