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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 well-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 well-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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