- (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.
- to attend as, or in the manner of, a squire.
- to escort (a woman), as to a dance or social gathering.
Origin of squire
Examples from the Web for squired
Historical Examples of squired
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
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
Not even Trudy knew that he had actually adopted a monocle and squired Beatrice round in state.The Gorgeous Girl
- 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
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.
"to attend (a lady) as a gallant," late 14c., from squire (n.). Related: Squired; squiring.