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equerry

[ek-wuh-ree, ih-kwer-ee] /ˈɛk wə ri, ɪˈkwɛr i/
noun, plural equerries.
1.
an officer of a royal or similar household, charged with the care of the horses.
2.
an officer of the British royal household who attends the sovereign or other member of the royal family.
Origin
1520-1530
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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  • When his equerry came to ask which horse he would have reserved for his own.
British Dictionary definitions for equerry

equerry

/ˈɛkwərɪ; at the British court ɪˈkwɛrɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
an officer attendant upon the British sovereign
2.
(formerly) an officer in a royal household responsible for the horses
Word Origin
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 and History for equerry
n.

1590s, short for groom of the equirrie, from esquiry "stables" (1550s), from Middle French escuerie (Modern French écurie), perhaps from Medieval Latin scuria "stable," from Old High German scura "barn;" or from Old French escuier "groom," from Vulgar Latin scutarius "shield-bearer." In either case, spelling influenced by Latin equus "horse," which is unrelated.

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