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Esquire Explained

esquire at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


esquire at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1374, from M.Fr. esquier "squire," lit. "shield-bearer" (for a knight), from L. scutarius "shield-bearer," from scutum "shield." Originally the feudal rank below knight, sense broadened 16c. to a general title of courtesy or respect for the educated class, especially, later, in U.S., for lawyers. ///

Esquire at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

trademark a magazine for men, produced in the US and UK, with articles on fashion, sports, cars etc. and pictures of attractive women//

esquire at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [singular] [Date: 1300-1400; Language: Old French; Origin: escuier; SQUIRE]// a formal title that can be written after a man's name, especially in the address on an official letter//

Esquire at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

U.S. monthly magazine, founded in 1933 by Arnold Gingrich. It began as an oversized magazine for men that featured a sophisticated style and drawings of scantily clad young women. It later abandoned its titillating role but continued to cultivate the image of affluence and refined taste. It pioneered the treatment of unconventional topics and feature stories and attracted a general-interest audience with pieces by well-known writers. In the 1940s, because of its early notoriety, it was the object of an ultimately unsuccessful court case challenging its worthiness for mailing privileges at desirable rates. Esquire has in recent years largely ceased to publish the kind of fiction and nonfiction that once made it distinctive.

esquire at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

78 Moby Thesaurus words for "esquire":
Brahman, Casanova, Don Juan, Lothario, Romeo, amoroso, archduke,
aristocrat, armiger, baron, baronet, beau, blue blood, bodyguard,
boyfriend, caballero, cavalier, cavaliere servente, chaperon,
companion, conductor, convoy, count, daimio, duenna, duke, earl,
escort, fellow, fellow traveler, flame, gallant, gentleman, gigolo,
grand duke, grandee, guard, hidalgo, inamorato, lace-curtain,
lady-killer, laird, landgrave, lord, lordling, love-maker, magnate,
magnifico, man, margrave, marquis, necker, noble, nobleman,
old man, optimate, palsgrave, patrician, peer, petter, philanderer,
safe-conduct, seducer, seigneur, seignior, sheik, shepherd,
silk-stocking, squire, sugar daddy, swain, swell, thoroughbred,
upper-cruster, usher, viscount, waldgrave, young man

Esquire at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Esquire \Es*quire"\, n. [OF. escuyer, escuier, properly, a
shield-bearer, F. ['e]cuyer shield-bearer, armor-bearer,
squire of a knight, esquire, equerry, rider, horseman, LL.
scutarius shield-bearer, fr. L. scutum shield, akin to Gr. ?
skin, hide, from a root meaning to cover; prob. akin to E.
hide to cover. See {Hide} to cover, and cf. {Equerry},
Originally, a shield-bearer or armor-bearer, an attendant on
a knight; in modern times, a title of dignity next in degree
below knight and above gentleman; also, a title of office and
courtesy; -- often shortened to squire.

Note: In England, the title of esquire belongs by right of
birth to the eldest sons of knights and their eldest
sons in perpetual succession; to the eldest sons of
younger sons of peers and their eldest sons in
perpetual succession. It is also given to sheriffs, to
justices of the peace while in commission, to those who
bear special office in the royal household, to
counselors at law, bachelors of divinity, law, or
physic, and to others. In the United States the title
is commonly given in courtesy to lawyers and justices
of the peace, and is often used in the superscription
of letters instead of Mr.

Esquire \Es*quire"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Esquired}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Esquiring}.]
To wait on as an esquire or attendant in public; to attend.

esquire at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n 1: (Middle Ages) an attendant and shield bearer to a knight; a
candidate for knighthood
2: a title of respect for a member of the English gentry
ranking just below a knight; placed after the name [syn: {Esq}]

esquire at English (WD) Of Explained:


Etymology 1

Inter: etyl » fro Inter: term » escuyer, Inter: term » escuier, properly, a shield-bearer, Inter: etyl » fr Inter: term » écuyer||shield-bearer, armor-bearer, (by apheresis) Inter: term » ||squire of a knight, esquire, equerry, rider, horseman, Inter: etyl » LL. Inter: term » scutarius||shield-bearer, from Inter: etyl » la Inter: term » scutum||shield, akin to Greek skin, hide, from a root meaning to cover; probably akin to English hide to cover. Compare equerry, escutcheon.


Inter: wikipedi » a
Inter: en-nou » n
  • Inter: archai » c a squire; a youth who in the hopes of becoming a knight attended upon a knight
    1. a lawyer
    2. Inter: obsolet » e a shield-bearer, but also applied to other attendants.
    3. 1801: Category: w - :Joseph Strutt|Joseph Strutt, The Sports and Pastimes of the People of England - The office of the esquire consisted of several departments; the esquire for the body, the esquire of the chamber, the esquire of the stable, and the carving esquire; the latter stood in the hall at dinner, carved the different dishes, and distributed them to the guests.
    4. a male member of the gentry ranking below a knight
    5. an honorific sometimes placed after a man's name
    6. Inter: RQ:Shakespeare Henry 4- » 2, III-ii - I am Robert Shallow, sir; a poor esquire of the county, and one of the king's justices of the peace.
    7. 1875 Category: w - :Herbert Broom|Herbert Broom and Category: w - :Edward Hadley|Edward Hadley, notes by Category: w - :William Wait|William Wait, Commentaries on the laws of England, I-317 - Esquires and gentlemen are confounded together by Sir Category: w - :Edward Coke|Edward Coke, who observes that every esquire is a gentleman, and a gentleman is defined to be one qui arma gerit, who bears coat-armour, the grant of which was thought to add gentility to a man's family. It is indeed a matter somewhat unsettled what constitutes the distinction, or who is a real esquire; for no estate, however large, per se confers this rank upon its owner.
    8. A gentleman who attends or escorts a lady in public.
      Usage notes
      * In England this title is given to the eldest sons of knights, and the elder sons of the younger sons of peers and their eldest sons in succession, officers of the king's courts and of the household, barristers, justices of the peace while in commission, sheriffs, gentlemen who have held commissions in the army and navy, etc.: but opinions with regard to the correct usage vary. There are also esquires of knights of the Bath, each knight appointing three at his installation. The title now is usually conceded to all professional and literary men. In the United States the title is regarded as belonging especially to lawyers.

  • In legal and other formal documents Esquire is usually written in full after the names of those considered entitled to the designation; in common usage it is abbreviated Esq. or Esqr., and appended to any man's name as a mere mark of respect, as in the addresses of letters (though this practice is becoming less prevalent than formerly). In the general sense, and as a title either alone or prefixed to a name, the form Squire has always been the more common in familiar use. - Century, 1914
  • See also the Category: w - :Esquire|Wikipedia article on "Esquire"
    Derived terms
    * Esquire bedel - See bedel
    Inter: trans-top » a squire
  • Bulgarian: Inter: t- » bg|рицарски кандидат|m|sc=Cyrl
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|écuyer|m

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|escudero|m

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » shield bearer
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t- » bg|оръженосец|m|sc=Cyrl
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|écuyer|m

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|escudero|m

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » a gentleman who escorts a lady in public
    • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|acompañante|m

    Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m


    Inter: en-verb » esquir|ing
  • Inter: transitive » obsolete To attend, wait on, escort.

    Etymology 2

    Inter: etyl » fro Inter: term » esquiere, Inter: term » esquierre, Inter: term » esquarre||a square


    Inter: en-nou » n

  • Inter: heraldr » y A bearing somewhat resembling a gyron, but extending across the field so that the point touches the opposite edge of the escutcheon.


    * Inter: R:Webster 191 » 3
    • Inter: R:Century 191 » 4

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