Other Word Forms of Esquire
Origin of Esquire
From Old French escuyer, escuier, properly, a shield-bearer (compare modern French écuyer (“shield-bearer, armor-bearer”)), by apheresis “squire of a knight, esquire, equerry, rider, horseman”, Late Latin scutarius (“shield-bearer”), from Latin scutum (“shield”); probably akin to English hide (“to cover”). Compare equerry, escutcheon.
Middle English esquier from Old French escuier from Late Latin scūtārius shield bearer from Latin scūtum shield skei- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Old French esquiere, esquierre, esquarre (“a square”)
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