Formerly an armor bearer as of a knight an esquire who bore his shield and rendered other services In later use one next in degree to a knight and entitled to armorial bearings The term is now superseded by esquire
- a squire carrying the armor of a knight
- a nobleman entitled to bear heraldic hands
- previously, an armor bearer, as of a knight, an esquire who bore their guard and rendered other services. In later usage, one after that in degree to a knight, and entitled to armorial bearings. The expression is currently superseded by esquire.
n armor-bearer; an esquire. A title of dignity belonging to gentlemen authorized to keep hands. Cowell. With its previous definition, a servant which carried the arms of a knight. Spelman. A tenant by scutage,; a servant or valet;.applied, additionally, towards higher servants in convents. Spelman.
(letter.) Formerly, an armor bearer, as of a knight, an esquire just who bore his guard and rendered other solutions. In later use, one next in level to a knight, and entitled to armorial bearings. The expression is now superseded by esquire.