esquire: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (es'kwīr, e-skwīr'), [key]
— n., v., -quired, -quir•ing.
- (cap.) an unofficial title of respect, having no precise significance, sometimes placed, esp. in its abbreviated form, after a man's surname in formal written address: in the U.S., usually applied to lawyers, women as well as men; in Britain, applied to a commoner considered to have gained the social position of a gentleman. Abbr.: Esq.
- squire (def. 2).
- a man belonging to the order of English gentry ranking next below a knight.
- squire (def. 1).
- to raise to the rank of esquire.
- to address as “Esquire.”
- to escort or attend in public.
- esquire (Thesaurus)