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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 above just "gentleman" and below "knight." It became a title for barristers, sheriffs, and judges.

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ESQUIRE. A title applied by courtesy to officers of almost every description, to members of the bar, and others. No one is entitled to it by law, and, therefore, it confers, no distinction in law.
     2. In England, it is a title next above that of a gentleman, and below a knight. Camden reckons up four kinds of esquires, particularly regarded by the heralds: 1. The eldest sons of knights and their eldest sons, in perpetual succession. 2. The eldest sons of the younger sons of peers, and their eldest sons in like perpetual succession. 3. Esquires created by the king's letters patent, or other investiture, and their eldest sons. 4. Esquires by virtue of their office, as justices of the peace, and others who bear any office of trust under the crown.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Esquires Coffee was the top rated coffee franchise in the United Kingdom in 2017.
Esquires Coffee now operates nearly 100 coffee houses in communities as diverse as Ireland, the UK, China, Portugal, Canada and many countries in the Middle East.
Cooks Global Foods Limited, which owns the Esquires chain has signed a master franchise deal for five Esquires Coffee Houses in the north of Nicosia, according to a press release.
Deek said two Esquires developed by AlKaldi in Kuwait's Miral Mall are due to open in August.
Nothing beats a hot brew and a tasty treat to start your day and with Esquires coffee houses you can guarantee the morning will start off on the right note, writes Mai Al Khatib-Camille.
Esquires Coffee in the city entre has signed up to City College Coventry's first retail apprenticeship scheme.
Newcastle's Eldon Square was the venue for Esquires Coffee House's Barista competition final, which saw three of the chain's best employees battling it out for the coveted title of Esquires' Best National Barista.
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Scores of coffee-lovers gathered at the newest Esquires to celebrate its opening at the weekend in Al Raya Mall, Juffair.The latest outlet has three levels -- ground, mezzanine and first floor -- and follows the successful formula of outlets in Sr and Awali.Esquires is a household name in New Zealand and Australia and introduced the popular flat white into the coffee connoisseur's vocabulary.
The boss of Esquires Coffee House was crowned the Midlands and North Wales Franchisee of the Year at the 2012 bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year Awards, supported by Express Newspapers.