|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]|
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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