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[noun es-kawrt; verb ih-skawrt] /noun ˈɛs kɔrt; verb 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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  • Leaving the Cadi and his party at liberty, the whole band resumed their march, escorting the litter by the way they came.

    The Arab's Pledge Edward L. Mitford
  • A thousand knights were escorting a man who sat his horse proudly and like a hero.

  • The station-master, on his return from escorting the young lady to her car, stared at this other passenger in some surprise.

    The Vanished Messenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • The way things were going he might not be escorting at all within a few weeks.

  • Harry Temple here came up to me and asked if he might have the honour of escorting me to my lodgings.

    The Chaplain of the Fleet Walter Besant and James Rice
British Dictionary definitions for escorting


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 escorting



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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