I. noun Etymology: Middle English squier, from Anglo-French esquier — more at esquire Date: 13th century 1. a shield bearer or armor bearer of a knight 2. a. a male attendant especially on a great personage b. a man who devotedly attends a lady ; gallant 3. a. a member of the British gentry ranking below a knight and above a gentleman b. an owner of a country estate; especially the principal landowner in a village or district c. (1) justice of the peace (2) lawyer (3) judgesquirish adjective II. transitive verb (squired; squiring) Date: 14th century to attend as a squire ; escort

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