Esq.

Esq.
This abbreviation is a 16c shortening, as a written form of address, of esquire, which originally denoted ‘a young aspirant to knighthood who attended and served a knight’, and was later extended to refer to other classes of men including peers, lawyers, and so on. By the mid-20c Esq. had become a courtesy designation, principally in correspondence, with no significance as to rank. When Esq. is used, it follows the name and replaces any prefixed title (Mr, Dr, Capt., etc.) that would otherwise be used. With one exception (US lawyers addressing themselves), its use is restricted to Britain, and even here it is dying out as other conventions come into use.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Esq — UK US noun [after noun] FORMAL ► UK ABBREVIATION for Esquire: a title added after a man s name on envelopes and official documents. If Esq is used, Mr is not used before the name: »The property belongs to Arthur Jones, Esq. ► US ABBREVIATION for… …   Financial and business terms

  • Esq. — esq. esq. abbresquire Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. Esq. An abbreviation for esquire, which is a title u …   Law dictionary

  • Esq. — Esq. = Esquire. * * * Esq.,   Abkürzung für Esquire.   * * * Esq. = Esquire …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Esq — or Esqr abbrev. Esquire * * * (especially in Britain) the short form of the word ‘Esquire’, sometimes still written after a man’s name on an envelope instead of ‘Mr’ before it, e.g. ‘Charles Lewis, Esq’. This used to be the polite way to address… …   Universalium

  • Esq. — Esq. Esq. noun abbreviation for Esquire, written after a man s name, especially on the address of an official letter or after the name of a lawyer in the US …   Financial and business terms

  • Esq. — Esq. 1.) especially BrE esquire a title that is sometimes written after a man s name in the address on an official letter instead of using ↑Mr before the name 2.) AmE a title of respect that is sometimes put after a lawyer s name ▪ Franklin… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Esq. — Esq. is used after men s names as a written abbreviation for esquire. ...Harold T. Cranford Esq …   English dictionary

  • Esq. — Esq., Abkürzung für Esquire (s.d.) …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Esq. — Esq. oder Esqr. (engl.) = Esquire (s.d.) …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Esq. — Esq. 〈Abk. für〉 Esquire …   Lexikalische Deutsches Wörterbuch

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