Definition of Esq. abbreviation from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



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  1. 1(old-fashioned, especially British English) Esquire (a polite title written after a man’s name, especially on an official letter addressed to him. If Esq. is used, Mr. is not then used) Edward Smith, Esq.
  2. 2(North American English) used as a title after the name of a male or female lawyer
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French esquier, from Latin scutarius ‘shield-bearer’, from scutum ‘shield’; compare with squire. Sense (2) was the original denotation, sense (1) being at first a courtesy title given to such a person.
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