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[skwahyuh r] /skwaɪər/
(in England) a country gentleman, especially the chief landed proprietor in a district.
(in the Middle Ages) a young man of noble birth who as an aspirant to knighthood served a knight.
a personal attendant, as of a person of rank.
a man who accompanies or escorts a woman.
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.
to attend as, or in the manner of, a squire.
to escort (a woman), as to a dance or social gathering.
Origin of squire
1250-1300; Middle English squier; aphetic variant of esquire
Related forms
squireless, adjective
squirelike, adjective
unsquired, adjective Unabridged
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  • "All right, squire; here it is," returned Bott, and handed over the epistle.

    The Young Bridge-Tender Arthur M. Winfield
  • I turned, and saw that squire Fishley had toppled into the river.

    Down The River Oliver Optic
  • The squire, his lady, his daughters, and the clergyman are there.

    Frank Oldfield T.P. Wilson
  • "I know it is, squire Fishley; but we have got over the worst of it," I replied.

    Down The River Oliver Optic
  • The squire was very hard set for occupation in these summer months.

    Framley Parsonage Anthony Trollope
  • "No, I think I won't take any," replied the squire, shaking his head.

    Down The River Oliver Optic
  • The squire nodded and spat into the cuspidor between his feet.

    Frank of Freedom Hill Samuel A. Derieux
  • But not even as a medicine could squire Fishley be induced to partake of any of the fire-water.

    Down The River Oliver Optic
  • In this there was something that almost amounted to an accusation against the squire.

    Ralph the Heir Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for squire


a country gentleman in England, esp the main landowner in a rural community
(feudal history) a young man of noble birth, who attended upon a knight
(rare) a man who courts or escorts a woman
(informal, mainly Brit) a term of address used by one man to another, esp, unless ironic, to a member of a higher social class
(Austral) an immature snapper See snapper (sense 2)
(transitive) (of a man) to escort (a woman)
Word Origin
C13: from Old French esquier; see esquire
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for squire

late 13c., "young man who attends a knight," later "member of the landowning class ranking below a knight" (c.1300), from Old French esquier "squire," literally "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.


"to attend (a lady) as a gallant," late 14c., from squire (n.). Related: Squired; squiring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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