28/9/17 The Meaning of Esquire

The Meaning of Esquire

The term esquire is also a source of confusion in the legal world, thanks in part to its use in the United Kingdom. In the UK, esquire is an unofficial title of respect or honor.  It is used not only for barristers and solicitors (two other terms for lawyers/attorneys in Great Britain), but is also an honor bestowed upon doctors and Ph.D. graduates.  However, in the United States, esquire has become, almost exclusively, a title used by attorneys.
Though technical differences exist, practically speaking, only a lawyer would know the difference between lawyer, attorney, barrister, solicitor, or the limits on using esquire.