1. A shield-bearer or armor-bearer who attended a knight.
2. A title of dignity next in degree below knight, and above gentleman. See esquire. His privy knights and squires.
3. A male attendant on a great personage; also, a devoted attendant or follower of a lady; a beau.
4. A title of office and courtesy. See esquire.
Origin: Aphetic form of esquire.