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Definition of "esquire" [es•quire]

  • A man or boy who is a member of the gentry in England ranking directly below a knight. (noun)
  • Used as an honorific usually in its abbreviated form, especially after the name of an attorney or a consular officer: Jane Doe, Esq.; John Doe, Esq. (noun)
  • In medieval times, a candidate for knighthood who served a knight as an attendant and a shield bearer. (noun)
  • Archaic An English country gentleman; a squire. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "esquire" in a sentence
  • ""No, I haven't even the title esquire, which, I understand, all American citizens possess.""
  • ""Why," replied old Bartlemy, slowly, as his gaze wandered from face to face, "the esquire is the false priest from Oundle, and the young lady is his novice.""
  • "Stephen Romylowe is expressly called esquire of Edward prince of Wales (the Black Prince), and he held an annuity from that prince."