Definition of squire in US English:



  • 1A man of high social standing who owns and lives on an estate in a rural area, especially the chief landowner in such an area.

    ‘the squire of Radbourne Hall’
    as title ‘Squire Hughes’
    • ‘Black portrays Roosevelt as a patrician country squire who harbored a strong social conscience and a prejudice against the new industrial rich.’
    • ‘He has long yearned the quiet life of a country squire in a little Cornish style farm in Sussex where he could raise bees.’
    • ‘The rise of chamber knights and squires was a general phenomenon of the fourteenth century, and was not confined to the well-known court of Richard II.’
    • ‘We know that he was born into a family of high standing in France and he describes himself as a squire, certainly suggesting that his family were wealthy landowners.’
    • ‘Her father Sir Reginald Sheffield 8th Baronet, squire of Normanby Park, Lincolnshire, was appointed a deputy lieutenant for what was then Humberside in 1985.’
    • ‘The squire, Sir John Boileau, and the vicar, the Reverend Mr Andrew, were both highly literate men who didn't get on - and both kept diaries, largely about each other.’
    • ‘There was also a small English rising in Northumberland, supported mostly by catholic and high Anglican squires who were bankrupt.’
    • ‘The trustworthy parson and the trustworthy squire are the twin pillars of rural life.’
    • ‘Ordinary gentlewomen, daughters not of lords, but of local knights and squires, showed moreover the same sort of awareness of the dignity of their blood and arms as did great ladies like Dervorguilla of Galloway.’
    • ‘Deference to the squire and the parson was often a façade, masking constant challenges to authority by poaching and more explicit threats of rick-burning.’
    • ‘The story, told by the aged steward Thady M'Quirk, serves as the fictionalized memoir of his service of four successive squires on a remote Irish estate over a period of eighty years.’
    • ‘A Grade II-listed former windmill, the Round House was built in 1790 by local squire Earl Bathurst, who later became lord chancellor, and was used as a windmill until the early 1830s.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, he was wealthy enough to build Vaucluse House, still one of the best Georgian buildings in the country, and live there, as he said, like a squire at home.’
    • ‘Francis Edgeworth was the first of a line of four squires who lived at Cranalagh, two miles north of Mastrim, until Frank, the fourth, built his new house at what became Edgeworthstown.’
    • ‘Striding out with his faithful hound at his heels, he would be the picture of the country squire were it not for his somewhat bizarre attire - cut-off shorts, a sleeveless T - shirt and a sailor's cap.’
    • ‘Especially over-optimistic were those landowners who, envying the political rights and responsibilities of the English squire, sought to popularize in Russia the ideas of British liberalism.’
    • ‘The squires were talking earlier and it sounds like the Duke has set up a large bath house for the contestants and their parties off of the north field.’
    • ‘In the past, stag hunting had been the preserve of the aristocracy and small-scale hare and fox hunting that of the country squires.’
    • ‘Scott, by contrast, is very much the country squire, down in town from his home in the Borders.’
    • ‘The old 16 th-century Welsh squire - and crook - Sir John Wynn loved his ancestry.’
    landowner, landholder, landlord, lord of the manor, country gentleman
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    1. 1.1British informal Used by a man as a friendly or humorous form of address to another man.
      • ‘‘You've cost us a place in the final, squire.’’
      • ‘So it seems that your working career, squire, is very much tied up with the World Club Championship bid from the Wolves.’
      • ‘We haven't verified that it works, and if you want to mess around with your Windows Registry, as it suggests, that's your own affair and nothing to do with us, squire.’
      man, my friend
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    2. 1.2US archaic A title given to a magistrate, lawyer, or judge in some rural districts.
      • ‘Joss and his gang actually report to the mastermind of the operation - Sir Humphrey Pengallan, the local squire who is also Justice of the Peace.’
  • 2historical A young nobleman acting as an attendant to a knight before becoming a knight himself.

    • ‘The next day, if he had passed the test, Olivier would be knighted, along with many other squires attending knights gathered here in Kazkraby for the tournament that always followed a meeting of the Council.’
    • ‘The group was almost always together, except when the squires had to leave the pages to practice weapons with an advanced swordsman, or do their chores given to last-year squires.’
    • ‘A squire takes his fallen master's identity to joust in medieval combat.’
    • ‘Squires were the sidekicks of knights, for whom the squires would polish the armor, feed the horse and cook meals.’
    • ‘If you survive being a page, and can stand being a squire, and pass the test of knighthood, then, and only then, will you be worthy of the title of a knight.’
    attendant, courtier, equerry, aide, companion, steward, page boy, servant boy, serving boy, cup-bearer, train-bearer
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[with object]
  • 1(of a man) accompany or escort (a woman)

    ‘she was squired around Rome by a reporter’
    • ‘In films he often squired showier stars - Anthony Quinn in ‘Zorba the Greek, ‘Lynn Redgrave in ‘Georgy Girl, ‘Jill Clayburgh in ‘An Unmarried Woman, ‘Bette Midler in ‘The Rose ‘- to Oscar nominations; he was the solid ground they danced on.’’
    • ‘The hunky Hollywood star has been spotted around town squiring none other than that gorgeous ‘Policewoman’ Angie Dickinson!’
    • ‘The two met in 1946 and Glenconner was briefly the princess's beau, squiring her around the balls and parties of fashionable post-war society.’
    • ‘And normally, to be squiring someone from the Models 1 brochure, you have to look the part, live the life, run with the fast-living, high-octane international set.’
    • ‘Marcia was such a knockout I wanted to squire her about to show her off, but she would have none of that.’
    • ‘Alexander Woolcott, a prominent theater critic, squired her to plays.’
    • ‘Things had started out awfully well with the dancing and the kissing and the mutual appreciation and then… Nick had showed up and squired her away, monopolizing her for the better part of the evening and making Keaton chartreuse with envy.’
    • ‘Ken Cole, has been the soul of gracious hospitality and his girlfriend, Katie Moulthrop (a formidably bright and well-formed young Catholic) has been squiring me around everywhere and feeding me yummy meals.’
    • ‘The closest he ever actually got to Russia was squiring the ‘sweet Isabella Lindsay’ during his Border tour of 1787, the daughter of a Jedburgh doctor.’
    • ‘Surely, some Light Colonel with a busted marriage could be convinced to squire her around town while he waits out his retirement papers.’
    • ‘A year ago he was everywhere, slick of hair and sharp of suit, squiring Jennifer Lopez to all the best parties.’
    • ‘In the absence of the editor, Mark Douglas - Home, she was squired around by deputy Kevin McKenna, resplendent in a Hugo Boss suit.’
    • ‘That leaves plenty of time for Barney and Andy to squire their young ladies around - and handle all the personal squabbles that crop up in this little town where everyone knows everyone else's business.’
    • ‘Today, a very nice guy named Daniel Miller came and picked me up and squired me all over Sydney.’
    • ‘I told him how anxious you were about his reclusiveness, and to please you I think he would certainly squire you about town, but he would undoubtedly prefer to stay at home and nurse his wound.’
    escort, accompany, guard, chaperone, squire, convoy, guide, lead, conduct, usher, shepherd, follow, shadow
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    1. 1.1dated (of a man) have a romantic relationship with (a woman).
      • ‘They are athletes who are told by their clubs to achieve physical perfection, yet their fans love the fact that superstar footballers live the life that ordinary people can't: squiring models, endless drinking and group sex.’
      • ‘Andy finds time to squire a few pretty ladies around, too, and even his motherly Aunt Bee dallies with romance this season.’
      • ‘He's squired some of the world's most beautiful women.’
      • ‘Untroubled by self-doubts and consistently successful, he is portrayed as having squired and bedded numerous women.’


Middle English (in squire (sense 2 of the noun)): shortening of Old French esquier ‘esquire’.