esquire


esquire
/es"kwuyeur, e skwuyeur"/, n., v., esquired, esquiring.
n.
1. (cap.) an unofficial title of respect, having no precise significance, sometimes placed, esp. in its abbreviated form, after a man's surname in formal written address: in the U.S., usually applied to lawyers, women as well as men; in Britain, applied to a commoner considered to have gained the social position of a gentleman. Abbr.: Esq.
2. squire (def. 2).
3. a man belonging to the order of English gentry ranking next below a knight.
4. Archaic. squire (def. 1).
v.t.
5. to raise to the rank of esquire.
6. to address as "Esquire."
7. to escort or attend in public.
[1425-75; late ME esquier < MF escuier < L scutarius shield bearer, equiv. to scut(um) (see SCUTAGE) + -arius -ARY]

* * *

U.S. monthly magazine, founded in 1933 by Arnold Gingrich.

It began as an oversized magazine for men that featured a sophisticated style and drawings of scantily clad young women. It later abandoned the risqué drawings but continued to cultivate the image of affluence and refined taste. It pioneered the treatment of unconventional topics and feature stories and attracted a general-interest audience with pieces by well-known writers. In the 1940s, because of its early notoriety, it was the object of an ultimately unsuccessful court case challenging its worthiness for mailing privileges at desirable rates. By the late 20th century, Esquire had lost its literary distinctiveness.

* * *

▪ American magazine
      American monthly magazine, founded in 1933 by Arnold Gingrich. It began production as an oversized magazine for men that featured a slick, sophisticated style and drawings of scantily clad young women. It later abandoned its titillating role but continued to cultivate the image of affluence and refined taste.

      Esquire's early notoriety became the subject of a celebrated court case. In 1943 Frank C. Walker, the U.S. postmaster general, attempted to withdraw the magazine's second-class mailing privileges (an economic rate generally considered essential to a magazine's survival) on the grounds that Esquire was “not devoted to useful information” worthy of the mail subsidy. Gingrich and his associates protested, enlisting noted writers in their defense; he brought suit against Walker and in 1946 won his case in the U.S. Supreme Court.

      Esquire was a pioneer in the use of unconventional topics and feature stories. As it began to publish the work of Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, Truman Capote, and Norman Mailer, the magazine's risqué image and its once racy air gradually receded. It provided an outlet for new writers of fiction and nonfiction, and its topical features, satiric humour, and excellent book, cinema, and music reviews filled a void between literary and opinion periodicals in the American market. Although the magazine continued to emphasize clothing and advertising directed to men, Esquire evolved into more of a general-audience publication.

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Esquire — (abbreviated Esq.) is a term of British origin, originally used to denote social status. Within the United States, it is used as a postnominal honorific by licensed attorneys and by some naval officers and fraternal organizations. Ultimately… …   Wikipedia

  • Esquire — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Esquire Editor David Granger Categorías Cultura Frecuencia Mensual Circulac …   Wikipedia Español

  • esquire — [ ɛskwajɶr ] n. m. • 1669; mot angl. « page, chevalier », de l a. fr. esquier « écuyer » ♦ Terme honorifique dont on fait suivre le nom de famille des Anglais non titrés, sur l enveloppe des lettres (abrév.Esq.). ● esquire nom masculin (anglais… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • esquire — es·quire / es ˌkwīr/ n [Middle French escuier squire, from Late Latin scutarius shield bearer, from Latin scutum shield] used as a title of courtesy for lawyers usu. placed in its abbreviated form after the name and capitalized John R. Smith Esq …   Law dictionary

  • Esquire — ist ein Magazin für Männer, das der Hearst Corporation gehört und 1933 gegründet wurde. Es wurde bekannt für seine Beiträge von Schriftstellern wie Ernest Hemingway und F. Scott Fitzgerald. In den 1940er Jahren erhöhte sich seine Bekanntheit,… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Esquire — Es*quire , n. [OF. escuyer, escuier, properly, a shield bearer, F. [ e]cuyer shield bearer, armor bearer, squire of a knight, esquire, equerry, rider, horseman, LL. scutarius shield bearer, fr. L. scutum shield, akin to Gr. ? skin, hide, from a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Esquire — Es*quire , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Esquired}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Esquiring}.] To wait on as an esquire or attendant in public; to attend. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • esquire — ► NOUN 1) (Esquire) Brit. a polite title appended to a man s name when no other title is used. 2) historical a young nobleman who acted as an attendant to a knight. ORIGIN Old French esquier, from Latin scutarius shield bearer …   English terms dictionary

  • Esquire — (spr. Squeir, das fr. Ecuyer, Stallmeister), in England Titel dessen, der im Rang gleich nach dem Knight (Ritter) steht u. in der Anrede den Titel Sir erhält. Im Mittelalter befand sich der E. im Gefolg des Ritters; jetzt ist E. eine… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Esquire — (engl., spr. eskwair, abgekürzt Esq., v. altfranz. escuyer, mittellat. scutarius, »Schildträger«), in England der Titel des »Knappen« (s.d.), zu dessen Führung aber auch die nicht zu Rittern geschlagenen Inhaber von Rittergütern, die jüngern… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Esquire — (engl., spr. eßqueir; gewöhnlich abgekürzt Esq., hinter dem betreffenden Namen, ohne vorgesetztes Mr.; vom engl. normann. escuier, Schildknappe), in England ursprünglich Ehrentitel derjenigen, welche, ohne Peers, Baronets oder Ritter zu sein,… …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.