Definition of Esquire

In English law, a title of dignity next above gentleman, and below knight. Also a title of office given to sheriffs, Serjeants, and barristers at law, justices of the peace, and others.

In United States, title commonly appended after name of attorney; e.g.John J. Jones, Esquire.

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