[ek-wuh-ree, ih-kwer-ee]
noun, plural equerries.
an officer of a royal or similar household, charged with the care of the horses.
an officer of the British royal household who attends the sovereign or other member of the royal family.

1520–30; alteration (influenced by Latin equus horse) of earlier esquiry, escuirie < Middle French escuirie stable, squires collectively, derivative of escuyer squire; see -y3

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equerry (ˈɛkwərɪ, (at the British court) ɪˈkwɛrɪ)
n , pl -ries
1.  an officer attendant upon the British sovereign
2.  (formerly) an officer in a royal household responsible for the horses
[C16: alteration (through influence of Latin equus horse) of earlier escuirie, from Old French: stable, group of squires, from escuyersquire]

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Word Origin & History

1591, short for groom of the equirrie, from esquiry "stables," from M.Fr. escuerie, perhaps from M.L. scuria "stable," from O.H.G. scura "barn;" or from O.Fr. escuier "groom," from V.L. scutarius "shield-bearer." In either case, spelling infl. by L. equus "horse," to which it is not related.
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Example sentences
When his equerry came to ask which horse he would have reserved for his own.
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