1. A man who attends or escorts a woman; a gallant.
2. An English country gentleman, especially the chief landowner in a district.
3. A magistrate or justice of the peace.
4. A local dignitary.
5. A young nobleman attendant upon a knight and ranked next below a knight in feudal hierarchy.
tr.v. squired, squir·ing, squires
To attend as a squire; escort.
[Middle English squier, from Old French esquier; see ESQUIRE.]
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