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escort

[n. es-kawrt; v. ih-skawrt] /n. ˈɛs kɔrt; v. ɪˈskɔrt/
noun
1.
a group of persons, or a single person, accompanying another or others for protection, guidance, or courtesy:
An escort of sailors accompanied the queen.
2.
an armed guard, as a body of soldiers or ships:
The president traveled with a large escort of motorcycle police.
3.
a man or boy who accompanies a woman or girl in public, as to a social event.
4.
protection, safeguard, or guidance on a journey:
to travel without escort.
verb (used with object)
5.
to attend or accompany as an escort.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; < French < Italian scorta, derivative of scorgere to conduct < Vulgar Latin *excorrigere. See ex-1, correct
Related forms
unescorted, adjective
well-escorted, adjective
Synonyms
4. convoy. 5. conduct, usher, squire, chaperon, take, guide. See accompany.
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British Dictionary definitions for un escorted

escort

noun (ˈɛskɔːt)
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.
  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)
4.
(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 un escorted

escort

n.

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.

v.

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

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