Definition of equerry in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɛkwəri//ɪˈkwɛri/


  • 1An officer of the British royal household who attends or assists members of the royal family.

    ‘he became equerry to the Duke of Kent’
    • ‘Her equerries and footmen march bareheaded on either side next the litter, and outside, the pensioners on foot with their halberds.’
    • ‘We learn that Lady Diana's parents have a house next door to Sandringham and that her father was an equerry of King George VI.’
    • ‘Soon after the end of the war George VI appointed as his equerry a much-decorated air ace, Group Captain Peter Townsend.’
    • ‘As she left the church after the 40-minute service, a smiling Sophie linked arms with husband Edward and Timothy Laurence, a former royal equerry.’
    • ‘‘We were ushered in by the Queen's equerry, a young man with a uniform and a sword at his side, just in case I did anything terrible I suppose,’ he says, chuckling.’
    • ‘When I joined the palace as an equerry I was on loan from the Navy.’
    • ‘Townsend, who had been an equerry to her late father King George VI, was a divorcé and the affair threatened to create a constitutional crisis.’
    • ‘The couple met on the show last autumn when the former equerry to the Duke of York ended up choosing presenter Jonsson over the contestants.’
    • ‘Around the age of 17, she fell in love with yet another of George III's equerries, Sir Charles FitzRoy, who was said to be a very dull young man.’
    • ‘Much later it was revealed that the Royal Family and their equerries had been practising in the gardens of Buckingham Palace with rifles, pistols and tommy-guns.’
    attendant, retainer
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    1. 1.1historical An officer of the household of a prince or noble who had charge over the stables.
      • ‘At 22, Ludwig became engaged to his cousin, Sophia, but the arrangements were called off when his relationship with an equerry, Richard Hornig, blossomed.’
      • ‘His horse threw him in a cavalry mêlée, and an equerry who helped him remount was decapitated by a cannon ball as he did so.’
      • ‘Son of a court equerry in Munich, he was apprenticed in 1582/3 to the court painter, Hans Donauer.’
      • ‘Being a known equerry to the Prince, I was often peppered with questions of this nature while out about the piazza.’
      • ‘In due course, the horse arrived with the vet, groom, and an equerry, in a large horsebox.’
      • ‘Bertie's hour proved more eventful for both his comptroller and his equerry decided to show up right after the gentlemen separated from the ladies.’
      stable hand, stableman, stable lad, stable boy, stable girl
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Early 16th century (formerly also as esquiry): from Old French esquierie ‘company of squires, prince's stables’, from Old French esquier ‘esquire’, perhaps associated with Latin equus ‘horse’. The historical sense is apparently based on Old French esquier d'esquierie ‘squire of stables’.