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[v. kon-voi, kuh n-voi; n. kon-voi] /v. ˈkɒn vɔɪ, kənˈvɔɪ; n. ˈkɒn vɔɪ/
verb (used with object)
to accompany or escort, usually for protection:
A destroyer convoyed the merchant ship.
the act of convoying.
the protection provided by an escort.
a ship, fleet, group of vehicles, etc., accompanied by a protecting escort.
an armed force, warship, etc., that escorts, especially for protection.
any group of military vehicles traveling together under the same orders.
Citizens Band Radio Slang. two or more CB-equipped vehicles traveling together.
Origin of convoy
1325-75; Middle English convoyen < Middle French convoier, Anglo-French conveier to convey
Related forms
unconvoyed, adjective
1. See accompany. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for convoy
  • The president's convoy of cars was said to have been blocked by three vehicles and then sprayed with bullets by gunmen.
  • As the aid convoy pulls into the camp, a stampede erupts.
  • Hauling fuel to remote bases not only puts troops in jeopardy, by sending them on convoy runs through bomb-laden roads.
  • Last month, they shot at the president's own helicopter convoy.
  • They did not turn on their headlights intentionally to show the location of the convoy.
  • They drove to the refinery in a convoy of more than a dozen vehicles.
  • Vehicles in the same convoy wouldn't show up on the same screen.
  • Next time a shuttle lands, check out the convoy of ground support equipment that goes out to meet it.
  • They were part of a convoy of thirteen ships that set sail.
  • We pulled over to make way for a convoy of refugees.
British Dictionary definitions for convoy


a group of merchant ships with an escort of warships
a group of land vehicles assembled to travel together
the act of travelling or escorting by convoy (esp in the phrase in convoy)
(transitive) to escort while in transit
Word Origin
C14: from Old French convoier to convey
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Word Origin and History for convoy

early 16c., "the act of guiding or escorting for protection," from convoy (v.), late 14c., from Old French convoier, from Vulgar Latin *conviare, literally "go together on the road" (see convey). The meaning "train of ships or wagons carrying munitions or provisions in wartime under protection of escort" is from c.1600.

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