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Squire, 1) a gentleman next in rank to a knight: “come cut and long-tail, under the degree of a s.” Wiv. III, 4, 48. “a bearing-cloth for a --'s child,” Wint. III, 3, 119. “a landless knight makes thee a landed s.” John I, 177. “now is this Vice's dagger become a s.” H4B III, 2, 344. “knights and --s,” H5 IV, 8, 83. H5 IV, 8, 83 “I will make you a s. of low degree,” V, 1, 38 (allusion to a popular romance entitled 'The Squire of low degree'). “a hundred knights and --s,” Lr. I, 4, 262. “no s. in debt,” III, 2, 86. “a --'s cloth,” Cymb. II, 3, 128.
2) an attendant on a noble warrior or on a royal person: “us that are --s of the night's body,” H4A I, 2, 27. “my queen's a s. more tight at this than thou,” Ant. IV, 4, 14. cf. H5 IV, 8, 83. H5 IV, 8, 83 Lr. I, 4, 262.
3) a familiar title, given sometimes in tenderness, and sometimes in contempt; almost == fellow: “a proper s.!” Ado I, 3, 54. “her womb then rich with my young s.” Mids. II, 1, 131. “so stands this s. officed with me,” Wint. I, 2, 171. “like to a trusty s. did run away,” H6A IV, 1, 23. “some such s. he was that turned your wit the seamy side without,” Oth. IV, 2, 145.
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