convoy

1 of 2

verb

convoyed; convoying; convoys

transitive verb

: accompany
especially : to escort for protection

convoy

2 of 2

noun

con·​voy ˈkän-ˌvȯi How to pronounce convoy (audio)
1
: one that convoys
especially : a protective escort (as for ships)
2
: the act of convoying
3
: a group convoyed or organized for convenience or protection in moving

Examples of convoy in a Sentence

Verb The tankers were convoyed by warships. Police and FBI agents convoyed the President to the White House. Noun a long convoy of trucks The President always travels in a convoy.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Harris says the association is working with federal agencies and the Mexican government to convoy across the border and distribute supplies around Tijuana and in Mexican shelters next week. Emily Alvarenga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 May 2023 Using technology to convoy (or platoon) trucks was pursued with vigor during the last decade. Richard Bishop, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2022 Representatives for the protesters also testified that some police officials forwarded to convoy organizers information regarding law-enforcement tactics and operations. Paul Vieira, WSJ, 25 Nov. 2022 The message came as thousands of truckers are expected to convoy from various locations to the nation's capital. Fox News, 23 Feb. 2022 New Glasgow's town crier James Stewart recounted the story: During World War I, Halifax ported ships that were getting ready to convoy across the Atlantic. Emily D'alessandro, CBS News, 25 Dec. 2021 There are two types of pieces—armies and fleets—which can typically only do three things: move, hold still, or support another piece to move or hold (fleets can also convoy with armies to move them across bodies of water). William Herkewitz, Popular Mechanics, 29 Sep. 2020 Causeway police were convoying motorists on the southbound span when the series of crashes began. Robert Rhoden, NOLA.com, 11 Jan. 2018 The wreck happened while traffic was being convoyed by police because of fog. Carlie Kollath Wells, NOLA.com, 11 Jan. 2018
Noun
Another survivor, Hamouda Zamil, told CNN that he was shot at after he was given a bag of flour from the convoy. Katie Polglase, CNN, 9 Apr. 2024 World Central Kitchen 10h ago / 8:18 AM PDT Aid convoy strike reinforces fears over Rafah invasion, Sec. NBC News, 5 Apr. 2024 Despite those safeguards, a series of critical errors led the troops to open fire on the convoy, according to the results of the military’s preliminary inquiry. Adam Rasgon, New York Times, 5 Apr. 2024 Seven aid workers were killed in multiple strikes as their convoy traveled along a humanitarian route in central Gaza, despite their movements having been coordinated with the IDF. Alexandra Hutzler, ABC News, 5 Apr. 2024 New signatories joined after Israeli airstrikes killed seven members of a World Central Kitchen aid convoy Monday, highlighting the dangers of humanitarian operations in Gaza. Cate Brown, Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2024 On a Tuesday morning, the sheriff's department's Marijuana Enforcement Team leads a ten-vehicle convoy through the outskirts of the town of Perris. Martin Kaste, NPR, 5 Apr. 2024 Also Friday, Israel announced that two officers – a colonel and major – had been sacked, and three others including a general had been reprimanded, following a preliminary military investigation into the drone strikes on the convoy. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 Apr. 2024 If that wasn’t bad enough, the Israeli strike on the World Central Kitchen convoy that killed seven aid workers has led the WCF—one of the groups Israel was looking to fill the vacuum—to pause their services. Mairav Zonszein, TIME, 4 Apr. 2024

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'convoy.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English, from Middle French convoier, from Old French conveier, from Vulgar Latin *conviare — more at convey

First Known Use

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of convoy was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near convoy

Cite this Entry

“Convoy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/convoy. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

convoy

1 of 2 verb
: to go with to protect

convoy

2 of 2 noun
con·​voy ˈkän-ˌvȯi How to pronounce convoy (audio)
1
: one that convoys
2
: the act of convoying
3
: a group convoyed

More from Merriam-Webster on convoy

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!