[n. es-kawrt; v. ih-skawrt]

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.
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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.
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