Definition of esquire of the (king's) body in English:

esquire of the (king's) body


  • An officer in charge of dressing and undressing the king.

    ‘The earliest reference to Francis was his appointment as esquire of the body to Henry VIII in 1516, an office his uncle Sir Thomas had held in 1485 under Henry VII.’
    ‘When Henry reached his majority in 1437, Hull was appointed one of the esquires of the body, and after the King's marriage in 1445 he became a carver to Queen Margaret.’