squire late 13c., "young man who attends a knight," later "member of the landowning class ranking below a knight" (c.1300), from O.Fr. esquier "squire," lit. "shield carrier" (see ESQUIRE (Cf. esquire)). Meaning "country gentleman, landed proprietor" is from 1670s; as a general term of address to a gentleman, it is attested from 1828. The verb meaning "to attend (a lady) as a gallant" is first recorded late 14c.

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  • Squire — (skw[imac]r), n. [OF. esquierre, F. [ e]querre. See {Square}, n.] A square; a measure; a rule. [Obs.] With golden squire. Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • squire|ly — «SKWYR lee», adjective. 1. of or having to do with a squire. 2. befitting a squire: »In recent years [he] led a squirely life in the Santa Barbara hills (Time) …   Useful english dictionary

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