[n. es-kawrt; v. ih-skawrt]
a group of persons, or a single person, accompanying another or others for protection, guidance, or courtesy: An escort of sailors accompanied the queen.
an armed guard, as a body of soldiers or ships: The president traveled with a large escort of motorcycle police.
a man or boy who accompanies a woman or girl in public, as to a social event.
protection, safeguard, or guidance on a journey: to travel without escort.
verb (used with object)
to attend or accompany as an escort.

1570–80; < French < Italian scorta, derivative of scorgere to conduct < Vulgar Latin *excorrigere. See ex-1, correct

unescorted, adjective
well-escorted, adjective

4. convoy. 5. conduct, usher, squire, chaperon, take, guide. See accompany. Unabridged
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1.  one or more persons, soldiers, vehicles, etc, accompanying another or others for protection, guidance, restraint, or as a mark of honour
2.  a man or youth who accompanies a woman or girl: he was her escort for the evening
3.  a.  a person, esp a young woman, who may be hired to accompany another for entertainment, etc
 b.  (as modifier): an escort agency
4.  (tr) to accompany or attend as an escort
[C16: from French escorte, from Italian scorta, from scorgere to guide, from Latin corrigere to straighten; see correct]

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Word Origin & History

1570s, from M.Fr. escorte, from It. scorta, lit. "a guiding," from scorgere "to guide," from V.L. *excorrigere, from ex- "out" + corrigere "set right" (see correct). The military sense is original; that of "person accompanying another to a social occasion" is 1936. The verb
is from 1708. Related: Escorted; escorting.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Example sentences
It lets students who have signed up for the service call for a virtual police
  escort late at night if they're walking home alone.
But on the streets outside the governor's building, uniformed police venture
  out only under an army escort.
Two guides escort up to eight participants-including beginners-into grizzly
  territory, searching for scat and tracks.
The other good news is that our liquid nitrogen did arrive today, thanks to two
  escort cars that made it through the protesters.
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