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Definition: Esquire

Quick Summary of Esquire

A title appended to a lawyer’s surname.

What is the dictionary definition of Esquire?

Dictionary Definition

n. a form of address showing that someone is an attorney, usually written Albert Pettifog, Esquire, or simply Esq. Originally in England, an Esquire was a rank just above “gentleman” and below “knight.” It became a title for barristers, sheriffs and judges.

  1. A lawyer
  2. A male member of the gentry ranking below a knight
  3. An honorific sometimes placed after a man’s name
  4. A gentleman who attends or escorts a lady in public.
  5. A squire; a youth who in the hopes of becoming a knight attended upon a knight
  6. A shield-bearer, but also applied to other attendants.
  7. To attend, wait on, escort.

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Modern Language Association (MLA):
Esquire. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. September 18, 2021
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
Esquire. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. (accessed: September 18, 2021).
American Psychological Association (APA):
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Definition Sources

Definitions for Esquire are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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