Meaning of squire

squire

Pronunciation: (skwīr), [key]
— n., v., squired, squir•ing.
—n.
  1. (in England) a country gentleman, esp. the chief landed proprietor in a district.
  2. (in the Middle Ages) a young man of noble birth who as an aspirant to knighthood served a knight.
  3. a personal attendant, as of a person of rank.
  4. a man who accompanies or escorts a woman.
  5. a title applied to a justice of the peace, local judge, or other local dignitary of a rural district or small town.
—v.t.
  1. to attend as, or in the manner of, a squire.
  2. to escort (a woman), as to a dance or social gathering.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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