[es-kwahyuhr, e-skwahyuhr]
(initial capital letter) an unofficial title of respect, having no precise significance, sometimes placed, especially in its abbreviated form, after a man's surname in formal written address: in the U.S., usually applied to lawyers, women as well as men; in Britain, applied to a commoner considered to have gained the social position of a gentleman. Abbreviation: Esq.
squire ( def 2 ).
a man belonging to the order of English gentry ranking next below a knight.
Archaic. squire ( def 1 ).
verb (used with object), esquired, esquiring.
to raise to the rank of esquire.
to address as “Esquire.”
to escort or attend in public.

1425–75; late Middle English esquier < Middle French escuier < Latin scūtārius shield bearer, equivalent to scūt(um) (see scutage) + -ārius -ary Unabridged
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esquire (ɪˈskwaɪə)
1.  chiefly (Brit) a title of respect, usually abbreviated Esq, placed after a man's name
2.  (in medieval times) the attendant and shield bearer of a knight, subsequently often knighted himself
3.  rare a male escort
[C15: from Old French escuier, from Late Latin scūtārius shield bearer, from Latin scūtum shield]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from M.Fr. esquier "squire," lit. "shield-bearer" (for a knight), from O.Fr., from L. scutarius "shield-bearer, guardsman," from scutum "shield" (see hide (n.1)). Cf. squire. Originally the feudal rank below knight, sense broadened 16c.
to a general title of courtesy or respect for the educated class, especially, later, in U.S., for lawyers.
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originally, a knight's shield bearer, who would probably himself in due course be dubbed a knight; the word is derived from the Old French esquier and earlier from the Latin scutarius.

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