equerry


noun, plural eq·uer·ries.

  1. an officer of a royal or similar household, charged with the care of the horses.
  2. an officer of the British royal household who attends the sovereign or other member of the royal family.

noun plural -ries

  1. an officer attendant upon the British sovereign
  2. (formerly) an officer in a royal household responsible for the horses
n.

1590s, short for groom of the equirrie, from esquiry “stables” (1550s), from Middle French escuerie (Modern French écurie), perhaps from Medieval Latin scuria “stable,” from Old High German scura “barn;” or from Old French escuier “groom,” from Vulgar Latin scutarius “shield-bearer.” In either case, spelling influenced by Latin equus “horse,” which is unrelated.

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