What does the word esquire mean?

Usage examples for esquire

  1. The Abbot abode the day: when he saw the time at point to go to the Emperor, he mounted a- horseback, and his chaplain, and esquire, and his folk; and with him was Coustans, who was so well fashioned that all praised his great beauty, and each one said that he seemed well to be come of high kindred, and that he would come to great good. – Old French Romances by William Morris
  2. Chaucer appears in 1368 as an " esquire of less degree," his name standing seventeenth in a list of seven- and- thirty. – Chaucer by Adolphus William Ward
  3. " 'A. Lyveden, Esquire, ' it says, all bald- like. – Anthony Lyveden by Dornford Yates