esquire

Definitions:

  • A man or boy who is a member of the gentry in England ranking directly below a knight.
  • Used as an honorific usually in its abbreviated form, especially after the name of an attorney or a consular officer.
  • A barrister-at-law.
  • In medieval times, a candidate for knighthood who served a knight as an attendant and a shield bearer.
  • An English country gentleman; a squire.
  • To attend; wait on; escort, as a gentleman attending a lady in public. <em>Todd.</em> See <internalXref urlencoded="squire">squire</internalXref>, <em>verb</em>
  • In <em>heraldry</em>, a bearing somewhat resembling the gyron, but extending across the field so that the point touches the opposite edge of the escutcheon.
  • A shield-bearer or armor-bearer; an armiger; an attendant on a knight. See <internalXref urlencoded="squire">squire</internalXref>, 1.
  • A title of dignity next in degree below that of <em>knight.</em>
  • A gentleman who attends or escorts a lady in public.
  • Originally, a shield-bearer or armor-bearer, an attendant on a knight; in modern times, a title of dignity next in degree below <ex>knight</ex> and above <ex>gentleman</ex>; also, a title of office and courtesy; -- often shortened to <ex>squire</ex>.
  • To wait on as an esquire or attendant in public; to attend.
  • A bearing somewhat resembling a <xref>gyron</xref>, but extending across the field so that the point touches the opposite edge of the <xref>escutcheon</xref>.
  • a <xref>squire</xref>; a youth who in the hopes of becoming a knight attended upon a knight
  • a <xref>lawyer</xref>
  • a shield-bearer, but also applied to other attendants.
  • a <xref>male</xref> member of the <xref>gentry</xref> ranking below a <xref>knight</xref>
  • an <xref>honorific</xref> sometimes placed after a man's <xref>name</xref>
  • A gentleman who attends or escorts a lady in public.
  • To <xref>attend</xref>, <xref>wait on</xref>, <xref>escort</xref>.
  • a title of respect for a member of the English gentry ranking just below a knight; placed after the name
  • (Middle Ages) an attendant and shield bearer to a knight; a candidate for knighthood
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