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Definition United States:  a lawyer — typically abbreviated after the name

United Kingdom:  a title of respect for a man

Esquire is also the name of a magazine. As a common noun, esquire was the title of a Middle Ages attendant and shield bearer to a knight. The attendant was also typically a candidate for knighthood. See the linked Wikipedia article for subsequent, but still dated, British usage.
  • Jennifer Smith, Esq.
Esq. = a lawyer
  • Grubb, Grubb, and Bun-owes would sell by auction the effects of the late Bilbo Baggins Esquire, of Bag-End, Underhill, Hobbiton.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • This ticket had been sold to J. L. Weatherby, Esq. Its number had been drawn in the second unit drawing, and had been a ticket of the winning horse.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • Mr. Arnold Spirit, Jr. Esq., PhD* (Pretty hot Dude).
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • It will be but the loss of the Esquire after his name.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • It was Phileas Fogg, Esquire.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • It was sent to U.N. Owen, Esq., c/o Isaac Morris, and was understood to be required for the amateur performance of a hitherto unacted play.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • Behind them, but still upon the dais or elevated portion of the hall, stood the esquires of the Order, in white dresses of an inferior quality.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • May I also present Mr. Bartleby Bumble, Esquire?
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • It was directed to Philip Pip, Esquire, and on the top of the superscription were the words, "PLEASE READ THIS, HERE."
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • 'Well, I am sorry the esquire can't come yet,' says my landlord; 'I should have been heartily glad to have seen him.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Moll Flanders
  • I took "Esquire" for a term of reverence, and I think it stood for that with him; we were always aware that Daddy loved him.
    Eudora Welty  --  One Writer's Beginnings
  • So far I've been through a Mademoiselle magazine, an old Esquire from the eighties, a Ms.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid's Tale
  • Oliver glanced at it, and saw that it was directed to Harry Maylie, Esquire, at some great lord's house in the country; where, he could not make out.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Forty knights and as many esquires awaited him outside the Red Keep's stables.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • William Dorrit, Esquire Frederick Dorrit, Esquire Edward Dorrit, Esquire Miss Dorrit Miss Amy Dorrit Mrs General and Suite.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Courtesy of Daniel J. Murphy, Esq. Lieutenant Murphy and his fiancee.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • I am Robert Shallow, sir; a poor esquire of this county, and one of the king's justices of the peace: what is your good pleasure with me?
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 2
  • Copperfield, Esquire,' said the ticket-porter, touching his hat with his little cane.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Eh! what! it is, I declare, a commission, appointing Richard Jones, Esquire, sheriff of the county.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers

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