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squire

[skwahyuh r] /skwaɪər/
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
1250-1300; Middle English squier; aphetic variant of esquire
Related forms
squireless, adjective
squirelike, adjective
unsquired, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for squires

squire

/skwaɪə/
noun
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, mainly Brit) a term of address used by one man to another, esp, unless ironic, to a member of a higher social class
5.
(Austral) an immature snapper See snapper (sense 2)
verb
6.
(transitive) (of a man) to escort (a woman)
Word Origin
C13: from Old French esquier; see esquire
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Word Origin and History for squires

squire

n.

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.

v.

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

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