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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.