squire

[skwahyuhr]
noun
1.
(in England) a country gentleman, especially the chief landed proprietor in a district.
2.
(in the Middle Ages) a young man of noble birth who as an aspirant to knighthood served a knight.
3.
a personal attendant, as of a person of rank.
4.
a man who accompanies or escorts a woman.
5.
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, squiring.
6.
to attend as, or in the manner of, a squire.
7.
to escort (a woman), as to a dance or social gathering.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English squier; aphetic variant of esquire

squireless, adjective
squirelike, adjective
unsquired, adjective
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squire (skwaɪə)
 
n
1.  a country gentleman in England, esp the main landowner in a rural community
2.  feudal history a young man of noble birth, who attended upon a knight
3.  rare a man who courts or escorts a woman
4.  informal chiefly (Brit) a term of address used by one man to another, esp, unless ironic, to a member of a higher social class
5.  (Austral) See snapper an immature snapper
 
vb
6.  (tr) (of a man) to escort (a woman)
 
[C13: from Old French esquier; see esquire]

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squire
late 13c., "young man who attends a knight," later "member of the landowning class ranking below a knight" (c.1300), from O.Fr. esquier "squire," lit. "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. The verb meaning "to attend (a lady) as a gallant" is first recorded late 14c.
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Example sentences
Bush isn't the only guy who fancies himself as a country squire in cowboy country.
This squire is benevolent and salutary to his community and his family.
Squire dressed their knights lifting the armor or carrying it.
Then his older brother predeceased him and he became the squire.
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