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[n. es-kawrt; v. ih-skawrt] /n. ˈɛs kɔrt; v. ɪˈskɔrt/
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.
Origin of escort
1570-80; < French < Italian scorta, derivative of scorgere to conduct < Vulgar Latin *excorrigere. See ex-1, correct
Related forms
unescorted, adjective
well-escorted, adjective
4. convoy. 5. conduct, usher, squire, chaperon, take, guide. See accompany. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for escort
  • 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.
  • And occasionally-as seen in this photograph taken today-she has to escort him outside.
  • Nonetheless, the transport ship will still presumably need an escort to navigate such perilous waters.
  • Armed police do sometimes escort groups home for a visit.
  • The piracy means that warships have to escort ships bringing food.
  • Suddenly, however, one of the escort vessels turned and headed straight for the submarine.
  • He had em all scared that they offered to escort people to their cars.
British Dictionary definitions for escort


noun (ˈɛskɔːt)
one or more persons, soldiers, vehicles, etc, accompanying another or others for protection, guidance, restraint, or as a mark of honour
a man or youth who accompanies a woman or girl: he was her escort for the evening
  1. a person, esp a young woman, who may be hired to accompany another for entertainment, etc
  2. (as modifier): an escort agency
verb (ɪsˈkɔːt)
(transitive) to accompany or attend as an escort
Word Origin
C16: from French escorte, from Italian scorta, from scorgere to guide, from Latin corrigere to straighten; see correct
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Word Origin and History for escort

1570s, in military sense, from Middle French escorte (16c.), from Italian scorta, literally "a guiding," from scorgere "to guide," from Vulgar Latin *excorrigere, from ex- "out" (see ex-) + corrigere "set right" (see correct). The sense of "person accompanying another to a social occasion" is 1936.


1708, from escort (n.); social sense is from 1890. Related: Escorted; escorting.

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