Esquire Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Esquire, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Esquire?

n. a form of address showing that someone is an attorney, usually written Albert Pettifog, Esquire, or simply Esq. Originally in England an Esquire was a rank just above “gentleman” and below “knight.” It became a title for barristers, sheriffs and judges.