- The definition of a squire is a medieval knight’s helper or assistant.
An example of a squire is the boy carrying a knight’s armor.
- To squire is to chaperone or oversee someone’s well-being.
An example of to squire is to watch out for your sister at prom.
- a young man of high birth who served a medieval knight as an attendant or armorbearer
- in England, a country gentleman or landed proprietor, esp. the main landowner in a district
- a title of respect for a justice of the peace or similar local dignitary, as in a rural district
Origin of squireMiddle English squier from Old French escuier: see esquire
transitive verbsquired, squir′ing
- A man who attends or escorts a woman; a gallant.
- An English country gentleman, especially the chief landowner in a district.
- A magistrate or justice of the peace.
- A local dignitary.
- A young nobleman attendant upon a knight and ranked next below a knight in feudal hierarchy.
transitive verbsquired, squir·ing, squires
Origin of squireMiddle English squier from Old French esquier ; see esquire .
- A shield-bearer or armor-bearer who attended a knight.
- A title of dignity next in degree below knight, and above gentleman. See esquire.
- A male attendant on a great personage.
- A devoted attendant or follower of a lady; a beau.
- A title of office and courtesy. See under esquire.
- (UK, colloquial) Term of address to an equal.
(third-person singular simple present squires, present participle squiring, simple past and past participle squired)
- 1598, William Shakespeare, Love's Labour's Lost, V, 2, 474.
- do not you know my lady's foot by the squire.
- 1620, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy
- "as for a workman not to know his axe, saw, squire, or any other toole,"
- 1628, William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale, IV, 4, 348.
- twelve foot and a half by the squire.
From Middle French esquierre (“rule, carpenter's square"), from Old French esquarre (“square") See square.