escort


1es·cort

noun \ˈes-ˌkrt\

: a person or group of people who go with someone to give protection guidance

: a group of vehicles, ships, or planes that provide protection

: a man who goes with a woman to a social event

Full Definition of ESCORT

1
a (1) :  a person or group of persons accompanying another to give protection or as a courtesy (2) :  the man who goes on a date with a woman
b :  a protective screen of warships or fighter planes or a single ship or plane used to fend off enemy attack from one or more vulnerable craft
2
:  accompaniment by a person or an armed protector (as a ship)

Examples of ESCORT

  1. Visitors are not allowed to enter the building without an escort.
  2. The bombers were protected by a fighter escort.
  3. Everyone was surprised when she arrived at the party without an escort.

Origin of ESCORT

Middle French escorte, from Italian scorta, from scorgere to guide, from Vulgar Latin *excorrigere, from Latin ex- + corrigere to make straight, correct — more at correct
First Known Use: 1579

2es·cort

verb \is-ˈkrt, es-, ˈes-ˌ\

: to go with (someone or something) to give protection or guidance

Full Definition of ESCORT

transitive verb
:  to accompany as an escort

Examples of ESCORT

  1. Several fighters escorted the bombers back to base.
  2. <a student from the college escorted my parents and me on our tour of the campus>

First Known Use of ESCORT

1708

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